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Titian: Love, Desire, Death

National Gallery / London / Art

“Love is the force that leaves you colorless,” writes the Roman poet Ovid in his magnum opus, Metamorphoses. For a commission of 1551, Titian, inspired by stories from Ovid, began what he would refer to as his “poesie” paintings: six large-scale works exploring classical myths of love, temptation, and punishment, five of which are collected at the National Gallery for the first time in over three centuries. —J.V.

National Gallery Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DN, UK
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