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Virtual Veronese

A virtual reality experience

7 March – 3 April 2022

Ground Floor Galleries | Gallery F

Many of the paintings you see on our walls would have originally hung in spaces that are very different to the gallery setting you see today. Paolo Veronese’s ‘The Consecration of Saint Nicholas’ was commissioned in 1561 as an altarpiece to hang in the church of San Benedetto al Po, near Mantua, Italy.

Through the use of virtual reality, you are invited to see what this painting would have looked like in its original setting and discover the story of its creation.

When you put on the headset, you will find yourself inside a digital reconstruction of the church of San Benedetto al Po. Your guide in this virtual world will either be Veronese’s patron and abbot of San Benedetto al Po, Andrea Asola; or Dr Rebecca Gill, our former Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Curator in Art and Religion, who researched the painting and its original setting. Both experiences will let you explore how the painting would have been seen in its original setting.


Commissioned by the National Gallery and StoryFutures
Developed and produced by Focal Point VR

Ticket prices

Admission free. Virtual Veronese tickets include Gallery Entry.  

Book your session online in advance. 

This experience is for visitors aged 13 years or over. Admission is by pre-booked tickets only, except on Fridays after 6pm when walk up entry is available on a first come first served basis.  

Maximum of three tickets can be booked for each session. 

Larger group bookings are not available at this time. 
We recommend allowing 30 minutes to enjoy the whole experience. 

Exhibition supported by

Howard and Roberta Ahmanson



Special thanks to

ScanLAB Projects for the 3D Capture, Mesh Optimisation of the Chapel of Saint Nicholas in the church of San Benedetto al Po and Ambisonic Sound Recording of the Veneti Cantores choir commissioned by the National Gallery.

Volograms for the volumetric 3D reconstruction of virtual characters.

Veneti Cantores for their performance of a piece of Gregorian chant at San Benedetto al Po. Performance: Dr Rebecca Gill as herself, Simon Victor as the novice monk and Grahame Fox as Abbot Asola.


StoryFutures project team

Professor James Bennett, Director; Professor Will Saunders, Chief Creative Officer; Dr Niki Strange, StoryLab Executive Producer.


StoryFutures research team

Andy Woods, Laryssa Whittaker, Polly Dalton, Mark Lycett, Isabelle Verhulst, John Roberts, Ian Ferris


The National Gallery project team

Dr Rebecca Gill, Ahmanson Curator in Art and Religion (August 2016 - March 2020)

Dr Susana Avery-Quash, Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting)

Lawrence Chiles, Head of Digital Services

Belinda Phillpot, Head of Creative

Clementine Vaughan, Junior Project Manager

Find out more

Paolo Veronese, 'The Consecration of Saint Nicholas' and the church of San Benedetto al Po