Titian's Diana: Poetry in Paint

1 min read  ·  12 Mar 2018

Discover Titian's Masterpieces with Curator Caroline Campbell in the latest HENI Talk.

Titian is considered to be one of the most inspired colourists of the Renaissance. His epic paintings Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto (both 1556-1559) are among the best-loved works in the UK's National Gallery.

Curator Caroline Campbell talks us through the narratives of tragedy, lust and betrayal that unfold across these canvases and how the Venetian artist was inspired to paint the poetry of Ovid’s Metamorphosis. These works are Titian's attempt to represent the unruly supernatural forces of the ancient world and the strife they inflict on human beings, which remains as relevant as ever.