Tales of Titian's Diana and Castillo head to summer festivals in cinema truck

By Culture24 Reporter | 21 May 2013

A mobile cinema, featuring tales of the goddess Diana and the nymph Callisto, will invite the public to sit under a star-studded canopy and admire a Titian double-bill at four of this summer's finest festivals.

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© The National Gallery London / The National Galleries of Scotland. Bought jointly by the National Gallery and National Galleries of Scotland with contributions from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation), The Monument Trust and through private appeal and bequests, 2012
Hay, Grassington, Buxton and Latitude festivals will host The Titian Experience, a short film approaching Diana and Callisto and Diana and Actaeon, the gallery's £45 million acquisitions sealed in 2012, from a contemporary perspective.

A truck will be used as an illusory gallery wall, with three Titian paintings projected onto its side in 3-D frames.

“In 2012, when we acquired Titian’s masterpiece Diana and Callisto to sit alongside Diana and Actaeon, I said that no greater pair of Old Master paintings could possibly be secured for the public,” says Dr Nicholas Penny, the gallery’s Director, reflecting on a well-received previous tour for the works last year.

“This cinema truck is another accessible and enjoyable opportunity for festival goers to learn more about these major acquisitions for the Nation.”

Titian painted the pair for King Philip II of Spain between 1556 and 1559. They belong to a group of large-scale mythologies inspired by the Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses, but a third closely-associated work, the Death of Actaeon, remained unfinished at the time of the artist’s death.

The Art Fund, whose Director, Dr Stephen Deuchar, called the pieces “mesmerising in conception and execution”, is backing the adventure.

  • Tours to Hay (next to Venue 4), May 23 – June 2, throughout the day; Grassington (Festival in the Field), June 22-23, 10am-6pm; Buxton (Pavilion Gardens Promenade, outside Tourist Information Office), July 6-7, 10am-4pm; Latitude (Pandora’s Playground), July 18-21, 10am-5pm.

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© The National Gallery London / The National Galleries of Scotland. Bought jointly by the National Gallery and National Galleries of Scotland with contributions from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation), The Monument Trust and through private appeal and bequests, 2012

A photo of a large banner outside a stone walled gallery
© The National Gallery London / The National Galleries of Scotland. Bought jointly by the National Gallery and National Galleries of Scotland with contributions from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation), The Monument Trust and through private appeal and bequests, 2012

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