Titian’s ‘poesie’ paintings

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'Poesie' in London

Titian, ‘Perseus and Andromeda’, probably 1554-1556
Titian, Perseus and Andromeda [external link], probably 1554–6, The Wallace Collection, London © The Wallace Collection

Summer 2012 offers a unique opportunity to view Titian’s ‘poesie’ in London. Together for the first time in 200 years, Diana and Callisto, Diana and Actaeon, and The Death of Actaeon will be on display in the National Gallery exhibition, Metamorphosis: Titian 2012. A fourth ‘poesie’, Perseus and Andromeda [external link], is also on view a short distance from the Gallery at the Wallace Collection, where it is on permanent display.

In addition, Dulwich Picture Gallery is exhibiting a large-format studio copy of Venus and Adonis [external link]. On display for the first time in more than 100 years, the painting has recently undergone an intensive restoration that has led to exciting new discoveries. The National Gallery also owns a copy of Venus and Adonis by the workshop of Titian, which is currently on loan to the British Museum exhibition, Shakespeare: Staging the World (19 July–25 November 2012) [external link].

Workshop of Titian, ‘Venus and Adonis’, Second half of the 16th century
Workshop of Titian, Venus and Adonis [external link], second half of the 16th century. Dulwich Picture Gallery, London © By Permission of the Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Metamorphosis: Titian 2012

‘Metamorphosis: Titian 2012’ features contemporary responses to Titian’s ‘poesie’ by British artists Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross and Mark Wallinger, as well as set designs and costumes created by the artists for three new ballets at the Royal Opera House. This multi-arts project draws on Ovid’s powerful stories of change described in Titian’s masterpieces, revealing how these spectacular paintings continue to inspire living artists.

Find out more about the exhibition Venus and Adonis Unveiled [external link] at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

View the painting Perseus and Andromeda [external link] at the Wallace Collection.

More about the exhibition Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 at the National Gallery.