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Past exhibition


Experience a Masterpiece

9 November 2019 – 26 January 2020

Admission charge

Ground Floor Galleries

The Gallery becomes a painting studio, an imagined chapel and a room-sized experiment in this immersive exhibition that leads you through the mind of Leonardo da Vinci to explore his masterpiece, ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’.

What you will experience

The secrets of Leonardo’s masterpiece are revealed in four distinct spaces. Each space invites you to look at 'The Virgin of the Rocks' in a new way.

The mind of Leonardo

Start your journey in a landscape populated by the thoughts and ideas of Leonardo as he sets about painting 'The Virgin of the Rocks'.

The studio

Discover the secrets only science and conservation can reveal in this projection-filled space which unlocks the mysteries of how ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’ was painted and reveals the lost composition hidden beneath the painted surface.

The light and shadow experiment

Take part in the room-sized experiment to discover the dramatic effects of light and shadow on Leonardo’s composition for ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’.

The imagined chapel

At the end of your journey, you will come face to face with the original masterpiece where it hangs on the walls of an imagined chapel for you to contemplate how ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’ might have appeared in its original setting as part of an elaborate altarpiece.

Commissioned and produced by the National Gallery, London. Created by 59 Productions.

Image above: © The National Gallery, London

Exhibition supported by


Moretti Fine Art Ltd

The Italian Cultural Institute in London


With thanks to the Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry for the UK



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Leonardo in depth

Leonardo and The Virgin of the Rocks

Leonardo and The Virgin of the Rocks

What you need to know about one of Leonardo’s most famous paintings
Unlocking Leonardo

Unlocking Leonardo

15 years after discovering a hidden drawing beneath Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks, we uncover more of the mystery
The lost altarpiece

The lost altarpiece

How would Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks have looked in its original setting?
30-second introductions

30-second introductions

What you need to know about Leonardo and The Virgin of the Rocks, in 30 seconds


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