Venice in Peril

Titian: Sex, Love and Violence at the Fitzwilliam Museum Ashley Clarke Memorial Lecture

Event date and time: 9 November 2020

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In this talk Luke Syson will focus on Titian’s three late works at the Fitzwilliam. 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? By looking at each of these works closely, Luke hopes to understand better, and explain, Titian’s attitudes to love, sex and violence, and to his manner of painting each.

Luke Syson is the fourteenth Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Until 2019 he was Chairman of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and before that he held curatorial positions at the British Museum, the V&A and the National Gallery where he led the campaign to acquire Raphael’s Madonna of the Pinks.

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This lecture was originally planned as the 2020 Venice in Peril Fund Kirker lecture