Titian: Sex, Love and Violence at the Fitzwilliam Museum


Titian: Sex, Love and Violence at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Titian was one of the great painters of love, but, as he entered the last stage of his long career, his imagery, driven often by his choice of narrative, became darker. The sexual content became more explicit and the violence around the sex was also more evident. What was he trying to say? At the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge are three great, late works by this, the most extraordinary of all Venetian painters - a drawing, and two pictures. All show couples and couplings - from the wooing of a nude Venus by a musician, to a drawing of sexual congress, to the horrifying Rape of Lucretia. By looking at each of them closely, I hope to understand better Titian’s attitudes to love, sex and violence, and to his manner of painting each.

Date: 2 June 2020
Timings: Doors open 6pm for talk at 7pm
Venue: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 3AR
Tickets: £20 includes a glass of prosecco before the talk

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This event is supported by Kirker Holidays

Picture credit: Venus and Cupid with a Lute Player, oil on canvas, 1555-65, Fitzwilliam Museum

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