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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
Making Colour event running until Sunday 7th September 2014
TIMES 18th June to 7th September 2014  PRICING £8 (Adults), £7 (Seniors), £4 (Job seekers/students), Free (Under 16s)
The first exhibition of this calibre in Britain to be arranged purely by pigment, Making Colour takes us on a... More about this event
Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting event running until Sunday 21st September 2014
TIMES 30th April to 21st September 2014  PRICING Free
The architecture in Italian Renaissance painting is explored through works by 14th, 15th and 16th century artists including Duccio, Botticelli and Cri... More about this event
Classical Architecture Re-Imagined: Talk event Thursday 28th August
TIMES Thursday 28th August 2014 at 1pm-1.15pm and 1.20pm-1.35pm  PRICING Free
Explore visual connections between paintings which have more in common than first meets the eye.... More about this event
Sassetta: Saint Francis Renounces His Earthly Father: Talk event running until Thursday 28th August 2014
TIMES Thursday 28th August 2014 - 4pm  PRICING Free
A 10-minute talk.... More about this event
Understanding Colour: Workshop event running until Friday 29th August 2014
TIMES Thursday 28th and Friday 29th August 2014 - 10.30am-4.30pm  PRICING £70, concs £65
Artist Gayna Pelham shows how to use colour.... More about this event
Monet: The Beach At Trouville: Talk event running until Friday 29th August 2014
TIMES Friday 29th August 2014 - 4pm  PRICING Free
A 10-minute talk about a painting.... More about this event
Talk And Draw: Workshop event running until Friday 29th August 2014
TIMES Friday 29th August 2014 - 1pm-2pm  PRICING Free
... More about this event
Artistic Exchanges: Corot, Costa, Leighton event running until Wednesday 3rd September 2014
TIMES 11th June to 3rd September 2014 - Various Times  PRICING Free
Landscape sketches and paintings which reveal the connections between three artists, Giovanni Costa, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Frederic, Lord Le... More about this event
Family Walk And Talk: Take One Picture event running until Sunday 14th September 2014
TIMES Sunday 14th September 2014 - 11am-11.30am  PRICING Free
Tour led and talk given by children about art.... More about this event
Take One Picture - Discover, Imagine, Explore event running until Sunday 21st September 2014
TIMES 12th June to 21st September 2014 - Various Times  PRICING Free
Primary school children respond to Willem Kalf's painting Still Life With Drinking-Horn, which shows a collection of objects chosen for their colour ... More about this event


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