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Sensing the Unseen

Step into Gossaert's 'Adoration'

9 December 2020 – 28 February 2021

Location: Room 1

Take your first step into Jan Gossaert’s world of intricate detail, technical mastery and rich meaning in a new Gallery experience where you’ll be surrounded by the sights and sounds of his 500-year-old masterpiece.  

In 'The Adoration of the Kings’, Gossaert has compressed time and space into a richly detailed, imagined setting where some elements of this familiar Christian scene are immediately clear and others are hidden for us to discover: the weave of fabric, Gossaert’s fingerprint in the green glaze where he blotted it with his hand, thistles and dead nettles, hairs sprouting from a wart on a cheek, a tiny pearl, a hidden angel... 

To help you uncover the unseen, Balthasar - the Black king, pictured here with a gift of myrrh at Christ’s side - will share his journey through a world on the brink of change to be present at this moment of transformation.

Through soundscapes, spoken word, hi-resolution digital imagery and gesture-based interaction you will go on your own personal journey to discover not only the visual riches of the painting but also why it tells more than a Christmas story. 

This is an opportunity to not only stand in front of the painting but immerse yourself in its world and the artistry that built it. 

Image above: Detail from Jan Gossaert, 'The Adoration of the Kings', 1510-15

Ticket prices

This is a free exhibition that can be enjoyed as part of your Gallery experience. It does not require a separate booking.

More details to be announced in due course. 

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Exhibition supported by

The Capricorn Foundation in memory of Mr H J Hyams

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