The exhibition, which centred on Titian’s Venus Rising from the Sea, was organized thematically, focusing on the female nude in art. It involved works by major artists from the late 1400s to the present day, including Pablo Picasso and René Magritte. Between May and October 2005 it toured to Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, the Burrell Collection in Glasgow and the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle – venues which did not have major works by Titian or most of the other artists featured.

Jointly organised by a National Galleries education officer and a specialist curator of Italian Renaissance art, the exhibition included separate education programmes that reflected each venue’s own audience development strategy. It was also shown in Edinburgh, in early 2006, to enable local audiences to enjoy its thematic approach to Renaissance art.