London’s National Gallery displays single Da Vinci painting in ‘immersive’ exhibition

Legendary Italian painter, scientist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci died 500 years ago. Now the National Gallery in London is exhibiting one of his paintings in a novel way by recreating its original setting.

“The Virgin of the Rocks” was first displayed in a church in Milan that has since been destroyed.

Da Vinci spent around 25 years working on the painting and completed it in around 1508.

“The idea is to use immersive experience and to use digital technology to explore this great masterpiece,” the gallery’s director Gabriele Finaldi said.

“We take the public on a journey through the spaces that Leonardo was familiar with, through the landscapes he was familiar with. His interest in light and optics, the church for which he painted the picture that no longer exists, and the altar piece, we make an evocation of the original setting of the painting”.

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