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Dulwich Picture Gallery presents Venus and Adonis Unveiled

The Dulwich Picture Gallery presents Venus and Adonis Unveiled a display that will celebrate the conservation of Venus and Adonis, a painting produced by Titian’s workshop after the celebrated prototype painted by Titian for Philip II, King of Spain in 1554.

Titan Venus and Adonis Dulwich Picture Gallery

The painting has been in storage since the early twentieth century and was in desperate need of restoration, as can be seen from the photograph. The removal of discoloured varnishes and retouchings has revealed the work to be an evocative rendition of an episode from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, centring upon the last meeting of the ill-fated lovers Venus and Adonis. This was the most famous of Titian’s poesies, his series of mythological paintings that he envisaged as visual equivalents to poetry. The Dulwich version stands as an example of early artistic massproduction, providing striking comparison to the Andy Warhol Portfolios exhibition.

Dulwich Picture Gallery
Gallery Road
London, SE21 7AD
Tel: 020 8693 5254
Fax: 020 8299 8700

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