Recent News

New online viewer platform: Pixel

Together with the Art & History Museum and the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR), KU Leuven is launching an online open access application to view heritage objects dynamically and interactively online. This pixel+ viewer allows you to view centuries-old objects in a different light and reveal hidden details.

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Published: “The Fortune of Gertrud Bing (1892-1964)”

This book, written by Laura Tack, intends to map the agency of Gertrud Bing, in a way that Bing herself would have probably preferred. According to Bing, the ideal biography ought to merge the personal with the intellectual, since, what one experiences as a human being will also find its way into the academic oeuvre one leaves behind.

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Who we are

Illuminare (KU Leuven) is a research and documentation centre, located in the Leuven University Library. The focus on medieval and early modern art from the Low Countries approached from a European perspective is steered by both research and doctoral projects that are supported by an international network of universities, institutions, and museums. Illuminare equally endorses several international peer-reviewed series. The centre moreover conserves and catalogues illuminated manuscripts and carries out art technical research. It examines, through an interdisciplinary approach, the iconology of medieval art. Illuminare holds several research archives of renowned art historians, and organises national and international exhibitions.

Illuminare is supported by KU Leuven,  the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), the Belgian Federal Science Policy (Belspo), the Hercules Foundation, the Van der Weyden Chair – Paul & Dora Janssen, the Veronique Vandekerchove Chair of the City of Leuven, the Chair of Medieval Sculpture in the Low Countries, the Illuminare Fund, and the King Baudouin Foundation.