Metamorphosis: Titian 2012
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - Sunday, 23 September 2012
National Gallery, London
A multi-faceted experience celebrating British creativity across the arts, 'Metamorphosis: Titian 2012' brings together a group of specially commissioned works responding to three of Titian’s paintings – Diana and Actaeon, The Death of Actaeon and Diana and Callisto – which depict stories from Ovid’s epic poem 'Metamorphoses'. The paintings, displayed at the heart of the exhibition, will be seen together for the first time since the 18th century. Fourteen leading poets were also invited to respond to Titian's works. These poems are published in Metamorphosis: Poems Inspired by Titian, a beautiful little book that shows how the Old Master's paintings continue to inspire living artists.
This book's introduction by Nicholas Penny, (Ovid, Titian, and English Poetry), shows how Titian incorporated specific elements from Ovid's verses in his paintings, and compares some of the most famous translations in English, from the first version by Arthur Golding (1565) to those by Joseph Addison (1717) and Ted Hughes (1997). The late Lucian Freud described Diana and Callisto and Diana and Actaeon as 'simply the most beautiful pictures in the world'. These new poems, each illustrated with full-colour details from Titian's paintings, demonstrate the quality and range of writing in Britain today, and show how Old Master paintings continue to inspire living artists.