Lecture Programme

Lit & Phil Lectures

To reflect the ideas of the exhibition Titian: Love, Desire, Death showing at the National Gallery in London 16 March - 14 June 2020, Gail-Nina will deliver a series of three illustrated talks on Venetian art. Though these are thematically linked to form a short series there is no need to book for all three, and each talk can be enjoyed on its own.

Just for a change, these talks will be taking place on Mondays, all at 6.00 pm. They are organised by the Lit & Phil (you don't need to be a member in order to attend any of their public events), and tickets cost £4 per talk, from the Lit & Phil Library, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE, in person, over the phone (0191) 232 0192 or online, via the Lit & Phil website. It is advisable to book seats in advance; if you reserve a ticket and are subsequently unable to attend, please let us know as we often have a waiting list.

Titian's 'Bacchus and Ariadne'
Monday April 20th, 6.30
1: Titian, Bellini and Giorgione: A New Style for Venice.
Towards the end of the 15th century Venetian art began its love affair with oil painting, in conjunction with which innovation the artists of the city began to explore new areas of subject matter. Alongside his master Bellini and fellow-student Giorgione, the young Titian expanded the repertoire of portraiture and Christian subjects to include works inspired by classical mythology, including the spectacular Bacchus and Ariadne.
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Monday April 27th, 6.30
2: Titian and the Classical Nude.
From 1553 to the end of his life Titian produced a series of complex, original and stylistically innovative mythological paintings for Philip II of Spain - the "poesie", inspired by classical literature.
This talk examines these in detail, looking at the artist's unique visual interpretations of pagan themes, his energetic style and the emergence of the nude as a major element in Venetian painting alongside fresh insights into portraiture and religious art.
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Monday May 4th, 6.30
3: The inheritance of Titian - Venetian High Renaissance
In Venice, the High Renaissance period of the 16th century was characterised in painting by size and spectacle, especially in the extravagant compositions and dazzling brushwork of artists such as Tintoretto and Veronese.
This talk looks at the way this vibrant style developed from the innovative art of Titian, using the drama and energy of his work as a starting point to expand into new areas of iconography, decoration and visual impact.
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