Titian's "Lady in White" in Context
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
Look at Titian’s Lady in White, c. 1561, on loan from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, in the context of other Renaissance portraits, both male and female.
- Free with admission.
- Meets in Entrance Gallery
Tours & Talks:
Fifth generation tapestry weaver Yadin Larochette leads an informal demonstration of traditional weaving techniques in contemporary design using a portable loom, and discusses their applications in historic 16th and 17th century tapestries in the exhibition, Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido. Discover the weaver's visceral influence on design up until the 17th century and discuss the art form with other young professionals MORE INFO
From Carpaccio’s “Saint Ursula” to Titian’s “Lady in White”: The Feminine Mystique in Renaissance Venice
Wives, virgins or courtesans? The feminine mystique of Renaissance Venice sanctioned two desirable roles for honorable women: as a wife and mother managing the family palace or as a virginal bride of Christ confined to a convent. Carpaccio’s Life of Saint Ursula presents an elegant paradigm of duty, forbearance and sacrifice, suitable for both such options. But there was also a third, unsanctioned, role for which Venice was famous: the courtesan. Often talented, well-educated and sumptuously dressed, courtesans might easily be mistaken for patrician wives and daughters, as exemplified by Titian’s mysterious Lady in White. This talk explores how the portrayal of women in art and literature mediated between the ideals of the feminine mystique and the realities of the time. MORE INFO
Tours & Talks:
Join us for a lively evening program focused on the loan of Titian’s Lady in White and the exhibition Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido. Throughout the evening, enjoy live music in the galleries, a weaving demonstration by tapestry weaver Yadin Larochette, art-making activities for visitors of all ages, Italian-themed food and wine for sale in the café and more. MORE INFO
Tours & Talks:
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. MORE INFO
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