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Three major Art Funded paintings by Renaissance master Titian sit at the heart of a grand collaboration between the National Gallery and the Royal Opera House.
Titian, Diana and Actaeon, 1556-9
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Three of Titian's celebrated paintings based on scenes from Ovid's Metamorphoses – Diana and Actaeon, The Death of Actaeon and Diana and Callisto – form the core of the project. These will be displayed alongside designs by Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross and Mark Wallinger for a new, Titian inspired production by the Royal Ballet. An evening of three new works, with scores by Jonathan Dove, Nico Muhly and Mark-Anthony Turnage will run from 14"20 July and be broadcast on the BP Summer Big Screens across the UK.
The National Gallery will also run a new poetry project, commissioning poets from Carol Ann Duffy to Simon Armitage to write new work inspired by the Diana series to be published in the accompanying catalogue.
What the critics say
Indeed, if the other artists here haven't been able to do more than nibble the edges of what Titian's paintings have to offer, that in itself is a kind of tribute.
This show challenges artists, poets and choreographers of our own day to respond to these Titians in ways they deem fitting
It sent me, in flight from our lightweight age, straight back to the Titians.
The fifth best thing about this show is its variety. You will surely never have seen an exhibition made of this many different components.