Titian: Love, Desire, Death Catalogue

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Titian (about 1488 - 1576) produced a masterful group of paintings for Philip II, depicting scenes from Ovid's Metamorphoses and celebrating the loves of gods, goddesses and mortals. This volume presents a detailed study of the complete series and is lavishly illustrated with details of these emotionally charged paintings.

The book explores Titian's creative process, technique, his use of literary and visual sources and his artistic legacy as well as his correspondence with Philip II. Offering the most comprehensive overview of these remarkable works, Titian: Love, Desire, Death is an indispensable resource for scholars and admirers of Renaissance painting.

Accompanies the exhibition at the National Gallery, London, 16 March - 17 January 2021.


'What better present could you give than that of an evening spent pondering some of the most physically vital, seductively sensual and vivid depictions of the loves and desires of the pagan gods.'
'The catalogue to the National Gallery's superlative show of Titian's magnificent poesie cycle of paintings explores the stories of the seven canvases that were bought together this year to be seen, possibly for the first time, as the painter originally intended.' - Best Art Books of the Year 2020. The Times.

Matthias Wivel is Curator of Sixteenth-Century Italian Paintings and Jill Dunkerton is Senior Restorer, both at the National Gallery, London.

Beverly Louise Brown is a Fellow of the Warburg Institute, London. Paul Hills is Professor Emeritus at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

Lelia Packer is Curator of Dutch, Italian, Spanish, German and pre-1600 Paintings at the Wallace Collection, London.

Javier Portús is Head of Spanish Painting (up to 1800) at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.

Nathaniel Silver is the William and Lia Poorvu Curator of the Collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

Aidan Weston-Lewis is Chief Curator, European Art, at the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh.


Colour illustration175
Dimensions280 x 230mm
PublishedMarch 2020
PublisherNational Gallery Company Ltd
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