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Illuminare - Centre for the Study of Medieval Art (KU Leuven) is centered in the Main Library of the University of Leuven. It is a university research and documentation centre, accessible for academics and students. The research of Illuminare is founded upon reception history and the contextual meaning of Early Netherlandish Art; technical research, 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 two of its own series, the Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts and Art and Religion (IRG), both of which are published via Peeters Publishers.

Illuminare - Centre for the Study of Medieval Art (KU Leuven) organises various exhibitions both in Belgium and abroad. Amongst the most recent is Rogier van der Weyden/ 1400-1464-Master of Passions (2009, M Leuven) and The Anjou Bible/ Naples 1340/ A Royal Manuscript Unveiled (2010, M Leuven).


Illuminare is accessible only by appointment.

Where: Main Library KU Leuven, Ladeuzeplein 21, 3000 Leuven
Person Responsible: Prof. Dr. Jan Van der Stock (
Telephone: 0032 16 32 46 20