The genius of Titian: Portraiture and the Vendramin family

Date and time

Wednesday 22 February, 1–1.30pm

Room 6

Ben Street


Admission free

Titian was one of the towering figures of the Italian Renaissance and the leading Venetian artist of the 16th century. Over the course of a long and highly productive career, Titian experimented with many different styles and techniques, revolutionising portraiture, altarpieces, mythologies and pastoral scenes.

In this series of six gallery talks, art historian Ben Street explores the life and works of this supremely gifted painter. Titian’s reputation as a portrait painter rests on his ability to reveal the characters of his sitters through pose and facial expression.

This session will explore Titian’s group portrait of the Vendramin Family, one of his most notable works for Venetian patrons.

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

Supported by Elizabeth and Daniel Peltz OBE

Image above: Detail from Titian, The Vendramin Family, venerating a Relic of the True Cross, about 1540-45