Inside the Virgin of the Rocks for the 500th Anniversary of Leonardo’s Death

Inside the Virgin of the Rocks for the 500th Anniversary of Leonardo’s Death
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For the 500th Anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the National Gallery takes a close look at one of its treasures - the celebrated Vergine delle Rocce, protagonist of an exhibition that offers the latest research on the piece in an immersive experience, ready to transport visitors into the universe of the master from Tuscany. Curating the exhibition is a collective of artists, architects and tech experts under the name of 59 Productions, winner of numerous prizes and known to the public for the video it created for the inaugural ceremony of the London Olympic Games in 2012, as well as the box-office-champion exhibition on David Bowie at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Four differing and meticulous environs illustrate the grandeur of Leonardo’s work, from the breakthroughs he made in painting techniques to the influence his interest in science had on art, while the reconstruction of the chapel for which the Vergine delle Rocce was conceived permits it to finally be observed in its original setting. But even more interesting is the ability to enter into the creative processes of the Renaissance genius, thanks to the latest analysis conducted on the painting - we discover the numerous layers hidden under the painting’s surface and the changes by Leonardo which transformed the scene and its characters numerous times over the course of the work’s creation.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London