Titian: The Power and the Glory

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Broadcaster:  BBC

In the 1550s Philip II of Spain commissioned the Venetian painter Titian to create a sequence of six paintings. Given a completely free hand to choose his own subject matter for what he would call his ‘poesie’, Titian’s six paintings are credited as the greatest series of paintings in art history.

But these Renaissance masterpieces are not tame reliquaries. They’re instead surprisingly erotic paintings that craft a monumental beauty out of the fleeting power of lust. And their themes of love, death, passion, violence, rape and jealousy still speak powerfully to us today.

In early 2020, Titian’s Poesie paintings are being brought back together for the first time in many centuries. The exhibition – which will tour to London, Boston and Madrid - gives us the opportunity to bring together and often surprising range of modern voices - contemporary artists, #MeToo commentators, experts on sexual violence, models and muses as well as curators and art critics - to explore how the themes within Titian’s extraordinary poesie paintings – sexual violence in art on one hand and the metamorphic power of transformation on the other – play out in Titian’s work, and how those themes should be read today.

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