It is commonly believed that the eye is a portal to the soul. Its delicate structure and design connects between vision and reality, and through the power of perception it reveals and conveys the soul’s inmost emotions, thoughts and reactions. This organ also communicates a universal language that “is the most wonderful of all languages inasmuch as it conveys direct intercourse of souls with each other[...] It is a language which belongs to no place, yet everywhere understood, is nowhere written, yet everywhere read.”[i] As a visual element, the eye’s depiction is considered by many sacred and a symbol possessing great powers.
Compiled from our database, this exhibition takes you through a variety of images: from medical drawings, jewelry, and religious paintings to movie stills, painting, sculpture and architecture, exploring the use of the eye and its significance in a variety of visual and historical contexts.
 Franz, Johann Christoph August. The Eye: A Treatise on the Art of Preserving This Organ in a Healthy Condition and of Improving the Sight. 1839.