One of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterworks entitled The Virgin of the Rocks (1491-1508) is the core of an immersive presentation to launch at The National Gallery, London this November. In collaboration with multimedia specialists 59 Productions, the interactive installation will slowly reveal da Vinci’s preliminary drawings atop the figurative work.
The initial illustration portrayed the infant Jesus Christ and angels higher up in the composition. Another underdrawing also revealed that the form of the Virgin has been switched. The alterations were discovered following a scientific investigation held by the institute, using innovative methods and tools such as macro x-ray fluorescence maps and infrared hyperspectral imaging, as per The Art Newspaper.
“Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece” will be held at the National Gallery, London from November 9 until January 12, 2020. Visit the museum’s website to learn more.
For contemporary portraiture, check out Jason Bard Yarmosky’s new series of realist paintings for his upcoming "Lovers and Friends" exhibition.
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15 years after discovering part of a hidden drawing beneath Leonardo’s ‘Virgin of the Rocks’, our team of scientists and conservators have uncovered more of the mystery. Find out more here: https://t.co/6clOrmYkef #Leonardo500 pic.twitter.com/FidhsV7WLN
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