Join National Gallery guides for an audio-description and discussion of this month’s art through words painting Rogier van der Weyden: The Magdalen Reading.
This is a fragment cut from a larger painting, evidently an altarpiece of the Virgin and Child with Saints. It shows Mary Magdalene, with Saint Joseph behind, and the bare feet and red robe of Saint John the Evangelist on the left. Two other fragments of the lost altarpiece still exist, the heads of Saint Joseph and Saint Catherine (Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon).
Each session begins with a description of the painting and ends with a visit to the galleries. Please meet at the Sainsbury Wing foyer by 11.30 am.