Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Museum of London

Van Eyck's The Virgin with the Canon: Visual Disability and Societal Attitudes as Depicted in the Northern Renaissance

Louis Clearkin FRCS

Examples of disease as shown in artworks will be examined, from the medical and surgical point of view as well as the historical and artistic ones, particularly visual loss as portrayed by artists from pre-historic times. The special mystery in the story contained within Van Eyck’s The Virgin with The Canon (1436) will then be discussed, providing a fascinating religious, legal, medical and sociological explanation for the Canon’s blindness and contemporary attitudes towards it.


No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.
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Louis is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon. He concentrates his practice on Presbyopia Surgery with Refractive Lens Exchange, Cataract Surgery, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, Adult Macular Degeneration, Retinal Vein Occlusion, Diabetic Retinopathy, Uveitis and Glaucoma.

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25 October 2016

Van Eyck's The Virgin with the Canon: Visual Disability and Societal Attitudes as Depicted in the Northern Renaissance
Louis Clearkin FRCS

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