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Titian | Love, Desire, Death

Sat 11 Jul 2020 - Sun 27 Sep 2020

Gallery Closed due to Covid-19

Dates to be confirmed

Tickets £15 - £10.  Concessions available.

Friends and under 13s go free.


In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors during this difficult time, we have closed all of our Galleries.

The opening of this exhibition has been postponed. We will confirm a new opening date as soon as possible. As you will be aware our Galleries are currently closed which will impact our timescales for opening exhibitions. Thank you for your patience. You can sign up to our newsletter for updates on exhibition opening dates. If you have already bought a ticket for this exhibition, we hope to be able to open as planned but if this changes, we will contact you separately.

“The most influential painter in history”
The Guardian

Five of Titian’s greatest works, his epic series of large-scale mythological paintings, known as the poesie, together for the first time since 1704.

Painted between about 1550 and 1562 the poesie are among the most original visual interpretations of Classical myth of the early modern era and are touchstone works in the history of European painting for their rich, expressive rendering.

The series was commissioned by Philip II of Spain, who highly unusually gave Titian an open brief to select his subjects. The paintings depict stories from the Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Because he considered them visual equivalents to poetry, Titian called them his ‘poesie’. He distilled in them the knowledge of painting and visual storytelling that he had acquired over five decades as an artist to create some of his most profound statements on human passion and irrationality, on love and death.

From the original cycle of six paintings, the exhibition will reunite Danaë (1551–3, The Wellington Collection, Apsley House); Venus and Adonis (1554, Prado, Madrid); Diana and Callisto and Diana and Actaeon (1556-9), jointly owned by the National Gallery and the National Galleries of Scotland; and Rape of Europa (1562) from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, which has not been lent in over a century.

Exhibition organised by the National Gallery, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

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We are currently working on improving our galleries. During this time some rooms will be closed and some facilities will be temporarily removed. There will be limited disabled access to some areas.

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  • Bike rack

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The Scottish National Gallery can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

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The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

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Friends Preview: Titian | Love, Desire, Death


Fri 10 Jul 2020

5:30 - 8pm



Gallery Social: Titian | Love, Desire, Death (for anyone affected by dementia)


Fri 24 Jul 2020

10:30am - 12 noon



British Sign Language (BSL) Tour: Titian | Love, Desire, Death


Sat 25 Jul 2020

11am - 12:30pm



Amplified Tour: Titian | Love, Desire, Death


Sun 16 Aug 2020

11am - 12 noon



Visually Impaired Tour and Workshop: Titian | Love, Desire, Death


Wed 16 Sep 2020

10:15am - 3:30pm


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