The Library will host "Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration," a Smithsonian Institution Libraries Exhibition. The exhibit will open on Tuesday, September 2nd and will be on display at the Library through October 17th. This highly acclaimed traveling exhibit depicts the power of book illustration to inspire, inform, and influence.
Pictures are powerful. They reach audiences more directly than text alone. They communicate the author’s tone and approach to the subject, and enhance our understanding and enjoyment of the text. Illustrations explain complicated ideas at a glance and even teach those who cannot read. Pictures add beauty, color, and life to the printed page. They engage us, prompt our imagination, and appeal to readers and non-readers alike.
The public is invited to explore the power of pictures through these examples from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries’ collections in science, history, and art. Funding for this exhibit has been provided by the Friends of the Library.
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