Beauty and Virtue: Titian's "Lady in White"
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio, Italian, c. 1488/90–1576), Portrait of a Lady in White, c. 1561, Oil on canvas, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Photo: Elke Estel/ Hans-Peter Klut
- 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Spend time with Titian’s mysterious Lady in White, c. 1561, on loan from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden. Then explore other Renaissance portrayals of women, both real and ideal, from the Madonna and Venus to Giorgione’s Head of a Venetian Girl.
- The program is free with admission and limited to 20 participants.
- Meets in Entrance Gallery
Art historians continue to debate the youthful subject portrayed in Lady in White. Is she a courtesan? Or is she Titian’s daughter Lavinia? Is she an illegitimate child, or just an ideal portrayal of beauty? At one and the same time, the person appears before us as an individual and an ideal. But where does the never-ending fascination with this painting come from? And why is it in Dresden? To answer these questions, this lecture gets closer to the painter, to his model and to princely collections in late Renaissance and Baroque times. MORE INFO