Virgin on the ridiculous: The hidden hand of Da Vinci

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Virgin on the ridiculous: The hidden hand of Da Vinci

Original sketches and fingerprints are revealed in an immersive new show at the National Gallery in London

Hannah Furness

The National Gallery in London has commissioned the production team behind the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony and blockbuster pop culture exhibitions to bring to life a Leonardo da Vinci painting, in a new “immersive” exhibition.

The show, which opens in November, will see the ground floor of the gallery “completely transformed” into an “immersive exploration of [Leonardo’s] genius as a painter”, focusing on one work: The Virgin of the Rocks. 

The painting has been undergoing significant scientific investigation, uncovering the original, hidden sketches of the artist as well as mystery handprints left in the paint. ..

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