Heaven In Mind?

14 Jan 2016

Event times

Thursday 14 January, 11am–1pm

Cost of entry

£22/£20 concession/£18 Members

The National Gallery

England, United Kingdom


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Explore the ideas of life after death.


People who report having near-death experiences often describe entering into a 'heaven-like' light, being met by dead relatives, and experiencing intense feelings of peace and joy. This 'otherworldly dimension' is often described as having a tunnelled or tiered circular structure, such as we see in Botticini's Assumption of the Virgin.

Learn about Botticini's vision of paradise with Gallery curator Minna Moore Ede and discover a possible neuroscientific explanation from Professor Colin Blakemore of the University of Oxford.

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