The Genius of Illumination

The British Library in London exhibits the unique collection of medieval and renaissance illuminated manuscripts. Dating between the 9th and 16th centuries and collected by the English kings and queens, this collection trove features stunning manuscripts that are among the most outstanding examples of royal decorative and figurative painting. Together they provide the most vivid source for understanding royal identity, moral and religious beliefs, learning faith, artistic trends and international politics of the period. The works on display include colourful histories and genealogies, Bibles, Psalters, scientific works and accounts of coronations. The exhibition will also show how manuscripts were made, by whom, where and why.