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The Madonna of the Rocks

 

 

A Picture tells a Thousand Words

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square WC2N
When her estranged grandfather is discovered murdered in the Louvre in Paris, Sophie Neveu is pushed together with Harvard religious symbology expert Robert Langdon. The two of them trawl through the gallery, following the cryptic trail left by her dead relative. The final piece in the puzzle is Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting ‘The Madonna of the Rocks’, behind which they discover a key and an address…
 
Da Vinci painted two versions of the work – the second hangs in the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square in London. Langdon says that this is a second "watered-down" version of the original, supposedly offensive to the Catholic Church. Take a look for yourself and see what you make of it.
 
 
Current events at National Gallery
Rembrandt: The Late Works event Wednesday 15th October until Sunday 18th January
TIMES 15th October 2014 to 18th January 2015  PRICING Adult £18, student £9
Approximately 40 paintings, 20 drawings and 30 prints from Rembrandt's final creative period are featured in Rembrandt:... More about this event
Rubens: Early And Late Work event Thursday 2nd October
TIMES Thursday 2nd October 2014 at 1pm-1.15pm and 1.20pm-1.35pm  PRICING Free
Explore visual connections between paintings.... More about this event
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Create a 3D landscape inspired by National Gallery paintings.... More about this event
An Old Man's Game': Talk event Friday 17th October
TIMES Friday 17th October 2014 - 6.30pm-8pm  PRICING £25, concs £20
Join Marc Woodhead to consider the lives and late works of artists including Titian, Turner, Bellini and Degas.... More about this event
Unknown English Or French (') Artist: The Wilton Diptych event Saturday 18th October
TIMES Saturday 18th October 2014 - 10.30am-1pm  PRICING £30, concs £24
A session focusing on a single work.... More about this event

 

The Da Vinci Code

Biggin Hill Airport

Biggin Hill Airport

On the run from the French police, headed by stubborn detective Bezu Fache, the heroic double-act arrives in the UK aboard the pri...

Biggin Hill Airport
 
 
 
Temple Church

Temple Church

After escaping from the police at Biggin Hill, they speed towards Fleet Street in Teabing’s limousine in search of a knight’s tomb...

Temple Church
 
 
 
King's College Library

King's College Library

With the keystone and Teabing in Rémy’s clutches, Robert and Sophie rush from Temple Church via Temple Underground station to the ...

King's College Library
 
 
 
Horse Guards Parade

Horse Guards Parade

Throughout the tale, Silas and Remy have been receiving phone calls from a shadowy figure known only as 'the Teacher'. While ...

Horse Guards Parade
 
 
Opus Dei Headquarters

Opus Dei Headquarters

Under the malevolent influence of the Teacher, Silas - the murderous albino monk - seeks refuge in the London headquarters of the ...

Opus Dei Headquarters
 
 
 
Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey does not welcome ‘Da Vinci Code’ tours, so you’ll have to follow that last part of the London trail alone with t...

Westminster Abbey
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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