When COVID-19 forced the doors of the National Gallery to shut on 18 March 2020, it meant that the long planned, eagerly anticipated, once in a lifetime exhibition Titian: Love, Desire, Death also had to close after being open for just three days.
Universally acclaimed Titian: Love, Desire, Death brings together the artist’s epic series of large-scale mythological paintings, known as the poesie, in its entirety for the first time since the late 16th century.
Today, 27 May, the National Gallery is delighted to announce that thanks to the generosity of its partners and lenders, the exhibition has been extended in London. Titian: Love, Desire, Death will reopen when the National Gallery does. (It was originally due to close on 14 June 2020). Details of its tour after London will be announced in due course.
The current lockdown has also led to other changes in the upcoming National Gallery exhibition programme.
Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age –the first-ever monographic exhibition devoted to this important pupil of Rembrandt, organised with the Mauritshuis, The Hague – which opened on 22 February (and was due to close on 31 May) has been extended.
Sin – the first exhibition in the UK exploring sin in art, bringing together paintings from across the National Gallery’s collection with modern and contemporary works – was due to open in Room 1 on 15 April (until 5 July). This exhibition has now been relocated to one of the Ground Floor Galleries and will open at a later date.
Conversations with God: Copernicus by Jan Matejko, which was due to open in Room 1 on 29 July (until 15 November) has been rescheduled for 2021.
The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Raphael – which was due to open on 3 October 2020 – has been postponed until 2022.