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Titian's Diana: Poetry in Paint

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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 amongst the best-loved works in the National Gallery.

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

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Caroline Campbell is The Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department and Curator of Italian Paintings before 1500 at the National Gallery. Caroline has held curatorial positions at The Courtauld Gallery, London, the National Gallery and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Caroline has curated and co-curated many exhibitions, including 'Bellini and the East' (2005-2006), 'Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence' (2009); 'Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting' (2014) and 'Duccio/Caro: In Dialogue' (2015).  She is curating the 'Mantegna and Bellini' exhibition that opens at the National Gallery in the autumn of 2018.

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