Titian’s poesie: an in-depth tour of 'the most beautiful pictures in the world'

We speak to Gabriele Finaldi about the challenges of opening a show at the time of coronavirus and to its curator about this extraordinary series of paintings. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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As the National Gallery opens its show dedicated to Titian's great mythological paintings made for Philip II of Spain, we talk to the gallery's director, Gabriele Finaldi, about making a once impossible curatorial dream a reality, and we take an in-depth tour of the seven paintings in the exhibition with its curator, Matthias Wivel. As museums around the world close, Finaldi also discusses the latest advice from the UK government on COVID-19: business as usual. Plus, the latest art-world news.

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Titian, Danaë (around 1551–53) © Stratfield Saye Preservation Trust

Titian, Venus and Adonis (1553-54) © Photographic Archive Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

Titian, Perseus and Andromeda (around 1554-56) © The Wallace Collection, London / Photo: The National Gallery, London

Titian, Diana and Actaeon (1556-59) © The National Gallery London / The National Galleries of Scotland

Titian, Diana and Callisto (1556-59) © The National Gallery London / The National Galleries of Scotland

Titian, The Rape of Europa (1559–62) © Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Titian, The Death of Actaeon (around 1559-75) © The National Gallery, London


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