A 315 year first: The National Gallery London brings Titian’s work back together

The National Gallery in London is doing something that hasn’t been done in a very, very, very long time.

They’re bringing five works by Titian back together for their latest exhibition, Titian: Love, Desire, Death from 16 March to 14 June next year.

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What does it mean? Well, five of Titian’s greatest works – he was regarded as the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school – of large-scale mythological paintings, known as the poesie, will be brought together for the first time since 1704 at the National Gallery, which for fans of the period is quite the thing.

The pieces were painted between around 1551 to 1562 and are amongst the most original visual interpretations of Classical myth of the early modern era and are touchstone works in the history of European painting for their rich, expressive rendering.

The paintings that’re being brought together are:

Danaë (1551–3, The Wellington Collection, Apsley House)

Venus and Adonis (1554, Prado, Madrid)

Diana and Actaeon (1556-9)

Diana and Callisto (1556-9)

Rape of Europa (1562) from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.  

The National Gallery’s own Death of Actaeon (1559-75), originally conceived as part of the series, but only executed much later and never delivered, will also be included in London.

See more about the exhibition to come and plan your visit to the Gallery at their website.

Titian (Italian, 1488-1576), Rape of Europa, 1562. Oil on canvas, 178 x 205 cm (70 1/16 x 80 11/16 in.) Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (P26e1)

Feature image credit: Apollo

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