An innovative and ground-breaking exhibition: Jan Gossaert’s ‘Adoration of the Kings’

Exhibition designed and produced by the National Gallery, London.

Kindly supported by the Greg and Jan Winchester Charitable Foundation.

Opening in January 2022, the digital ‘Sensing the Unseen: Step into Gossaert’s ‘Adoration” exhibition will begin its first tour from the National Gallery and will be installed in the historic and atmospheric setting of Winchester Cathedral.

Entry to this event will be included with a general admission ticket, but pre-booking per person is essential.

Please be ready to present your general admission ticket upon arrival or plan to purchase your general admission ticket at the Welcome Desk in advance of your timed ticket slot for this event. 

Timed ticket slots are available every 20 minutes (within opening hours), but are limited due to the exhibition comprising of only 3 pods, so please book as far in advance as possible to secure your preferred time/date.


The exhibition is a multisensory experience, transporting you into the world of Jan Gossaert’s ‘Adoration of the Kings’. The 3D perfect facsimile of the painting (produced by Factum Arte) showcases the depth of the paint, the vivid colours and exquisite details of this 16th century masterpiece. It is complemented by a soundscape, the squawking of birds, the chink of the bridles and the voice of King Balthasar.


Using digital technology, you can experience one of the National Gallery’s most popular paintings like never before. The exhibition space will comprise of the full scale facsimile painting, spot lit and flanked by three yurt-like pods. Inside each pod, you will encounter a digital image of the painting, which has been ‘sonified’ using soundscapes, spoken words, music and a poem. As you step into the experience you can discover and navigate previously unseen elements.


“A sonic blast that captures the spine-tingling awe of Christmas”- Alistair Sooke, The Telegraph

 “This is a new way of looking at painting, and a new way of making exhibitions… The result is a joy, whether you’re 12, 24, 42 or 107…. It’s the coolest thing.  I can’t wait to see which masterpiece is next.” –  Nancy Durant, Evening Standard