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Tuesday, 10 February 2015, 6:00PM
Museum of London

The Beginning and the End: Images of the Universe

Dr Valerie Shrimplin

Creation and Last Judgement, or Big Bang and Gravitational Collapse? Science has gradually explained away many cosmological phenomena that have been the cause of spiritual faith, but explanations and interpretations of the beginning and the end (of the planet and the universe and of the self?) remain elusive.

Philosophical, theological and scientific explanations abound but visual images of the beginning and end, produced at different times by various cultures, can also be explored.

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Dr Valerie Shrimplin was awarded her PhD for her research entitled 'Sun Symbolism and Cosmology in Michelangelo’s ‘Last Judgment’'. She has subsequently produced a number of academic publications focusing on the influence of astronomy and cosmology on art and architecture, particularly of the Byzantine, medieval and Renaissance periods.

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10 February 2015

The Beginning and the End: Images of the Universe
Dr Valerie Shrimplin

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