Exposition : « Sensing the Unseen. Step into Gossaert’s ‘Adoration’ », Londres, National Gallery, 20 décembre 2020-28 février 2021

Jan Gossaert, Adoration des mages (détail), 1510-1515. Huile sur bois, 177 × 161 cm. Londres, National Gallery. [Wikipedia]

Take your first step into Jan Gossaert’s world of intricate detail, technical mastery and rich meaning in a new Gallery experience where you’ll be surrounded by the sights and sounds of his 500-year-old masterpiece.

In ‘The Adoration of the Kings’, Gossaert has compressed time and space into a richly detailed, imagined setting where some elements of this familiar Christian scene are immediately clear and others are hidden for us to discover: the weave of fabric, Gossaert’s fingerprint in the green glaze where he blotted it with his hand, thistles and dead nettles, hairs sprouting from a wart on a cheek, a tiny pearl, a hidden angel…

To help you uncover the unseen, Balthasar – the Black king, pictured here with a gift of myrrh at Christ’s side – will share his journey through a world on the brink of change to be present at this moment of transformation.

Through soundscapes, spoken word, hi-resolution digital imagery and gesture-based interaction you will go on your own personal journey to discover not only the visual riches of the painting but also why it tells more than a Christmas story.

This is an opportunity to not only stand in front of the painting but immerse yourself in its world and the artistry that built it.


We want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy ‘Sensing the Unseen’.

If you are travelling to the Gallery specifically for this exhibition or you have access needs, contact the Visitor Information Line on 020 7747 2885 [choose option 2] to book one of the limited pre-bookable slots. These will be released at the beginning of each month for the month ahead. If there is availability, the visitor engagement team will book a timed slot and your Gallery Entry ticket together. Note, slots cannot be booked on the day of your visit.

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Sensing the Unseen: At home

Can’t make it to the Gallery? ‘Sensing the Unseen’ at home will be launched in February 2020 so you can enjoy the sonified painting experience in the comfort of your own home.


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Florence Larcher (2021, 18 janvier). Exposition : « Sensing the Unseen. Step into Gossaert’s ‘Adoration’ », Londres, National Gallery, 20 décembre 2020-28 février 2021. Centre d'Histoire de l'Art de la Renaissance. Consulté le 1 mars 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/mogx

Florence Larcher

Florence Larcher est doctorante à l'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Ses recherches sur les images de saint Roch en Italie de 1350 à 1680 l'amènent à étudier la peinture murale, la sérialité et l'itinérance des peintres.

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