Illuminare — Centre for the Study of Medieval Art (KU Leuven) is located at the Central Library of the University of Leuven. It is a university research and documentation centre, accessible for academics and students. The research conducted at Illuminare is founded upon the reception history and the contextual meaning of Early Netherlandish Art; technical research into, conservation and cataloging of illuminated manuscripts and the iconology of the Middle Ages from an interdisciplinary perspective (Iconology Research Group). Research is made possible under the auspices of research and doctoral projects. Illuminare is the publisher of three of its own series, the Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts, Art and Religion (IRG) and Iconologies (IRG).
Illuminare—Centre for the Study of Medieval Art (KU Leuven) organizes various exhibitions, both in Belgium and abroad. Amongst the most recent are Hieronymus Cock – The Renaissance in Print (2013, M, Leuven) and The Magnificent Middle Ages (2013, Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp).
The study centre is generously supported by the Veronique Vandekerchove Chair of the City of Leuven.