Explore the fascinating layers of an iconic masterwork

The National Gallery,

500 years after his death, Leonardo remains one of the world’s most popular artists and the National Gallery’s Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece will provide an immersive exploration of his genius as a painter, focused on The Virgin of the Rocks. From 9 November 2019 the Ground Floor Galleries will be completely transformed into a space that investigates this painting and the inventive mind that created it.

A wide range of multi-sensory experiences will be presented across four separate spaces. Visitors will be able to step inside a similar chapel-setting and see what art historical research suggests the painting’s setting may have been. They will be able to explore Leonardo’s own research, which informed the specific compositions in the painting. In addition, they will see how Leonardo used his scientific studies to create strong effects of light and shadow in his painting. The modern process of discovery in a conservation studio, where the mysteries and secrets of a painting are uncovered, will also be brought to life with visitors being able to engage in detail with the latest findings underneath The Virgin of the Rocks.

Opening Date

9 November 2019


12 January 2020



Commissioned and Produced by the National Gallery, London

Created by 59 Productions


Project Director

Richard Slaney

Lead Architect

Jenny Melville

Senior Motion Designer

Nicol Scott


Rebecca Collis

Production Manager

James Roxburgh


Alex Mills

Architectural Designer

Hannah Rozenberg

Architectural Assistant

Ayanna Blair-Ford


Matt Taylor

Assistant Designer

Hanna Schrage

Senior Designer (Concept)

Max Italiaander

Assistant Designer (Concept)

Diego Sanguino


Edd Stockton
Emily Howells
Jarek Radecki
Lawrence Watson

Graphic Designer

Patrick Fry


Justin Sutcliffe

Sound Designer

Gareth Fry

Lighting Designer

Beam Lighting

Video Programmers

Iain Syme
Jay Mayer

Technical Manager

Richard Wells

System Engineer

Chris Dunkin