The Titian Experience: A National Gallery Festival Tour

The Titian Experience: A National Gallery Festival Tour

Date and time

23 May–2 June (Hay Festival)
22–23 June (Grassington Festival)
6–7 July (Buxton Festival)
18–21 July (Latitude)

Festivals Nationwide
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Immerse yourself in great art by Renaissance master Titian.
This mobile cinema offers a National Gallery festival experience celebrating 'Diana and Callisto', a painting recently acquired for the nation.

Inspired by Ovid’s epic poem Metamorphoses, the painting’s rich colouring, compositional complexity, beauty and inventiveness make it one of art history’s most important works.

On the outside of the cinema you’ll find reproductions of Diana and Callisto and two related works – Diana and Actaeon and The Death of Actaeon.

Step inside to watch a short film that approaches Titian’s work from a 21st-century perspective. Learn the starry story of the goddess Diana and the nymph Callisto, and discover how the painting remains a powerful source of inspiration for a wide range of people today – including curators, poets, artists, teachers and young people.

You’ll also get the chance to speak to a National Gallery expert, who’ll be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions. Explore the paintings, be inspired and tell us what you think.

Festival Programme



Time      Location

Hay Festival*
[External link]

23 May–2 June

Shows throughout the day

Next to Venue 4

Grassington Festival
[External link]

22–23 June


Festival in the Field

Buxton Festival [External link]

6–7 July


Pavilion Gardens Promenade (outside Tourist Information Office)

[External link]
18–21 July


Pandora’s Playground


*At Hay Festival experts will be presenting the film on 25–27 May and 1–2 June only


The National Gallery


Supported by


In association with

Heritage fund
National Galleries Scotland


Image above: Detail from Titian, 'Diana and Callisto', 1556-9 © The National Gallery London / The National Galleries of Scotland. Bought jointly by the National Gallery and National Galleries of Scotland with contributions from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation), The Monument Trust, J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, Mr and Mrs James Kirkman, Sarah and David Kowitz, Chris Rokos, The Rothschild Foundation, Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement, and through private appeal and bequests, 2012