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Tactile painting of Virgin and Child

Location: Materials and Masters Gallery

This is a tactile painting by artist Loz Simpson of a very important early 16th century oil on panel painting we have on display, The Virgin and Child Resting in an Imaginary Landscape attributed to Bernaert van Orley.


The tactile painting is a raised relief of the main subject of the painting, the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus, cast in bronze coloured resin and installed on a sloped plinth next to the original painting for visitors to feel. Designed for use by blind and partially sighted visitors, it can be enjoyed by anyone.


Large print and braille books, on a shelf below the tactile painting tell the story of this important work of art, and of the biblical story it represents – a rest by Mary, Joseph and Jesus on the flight into Egypt.


Created as part of the Interreg IV A Treasures Revealed project in partnership with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).


Find out more about the painting by downloading the guide - Virgin and Child

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Tactile painting of Virgin and Child