Breaking the Renaissance Code: Emblems and Emblem Books

Author Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code has undoubtedly re-ignited popular interest in emblematic culture.

Albrecht Dürer, ‘Melancholia’, 1514

Albrecht Dürer, ‘Melancholia’, 1514

Author Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code has undoubtedly re-ignited popular interest in emblematic culture. Developed in the 1500s, emblems, or more specifically emblem books, were fashionable and socially influential objects within literature and the arts. This summer the University of Glasgow's Hunterian Art Gallery will be showcasing its renowned collection of emblem books to chart their historical impact and to illustrate their contemporary significance.


Venue details

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery 82 Hillhead Street, University of Glasgow, Glasgow Strathclyde G12 8QQ 0141 330 5431 www.glasgow.ac.uk/hunterian

Entry details

Free to all


Monday to Friday: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Closed Sundays and public holidays