One of the most sensual paintings of the Italian Renaissance—Titian’s Danaë (1544–1545) from the Capodimonte Museum, Naples—will be on view at the Gallery to celebrate the commencement of Italy’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The Danaë is one of several examples of the genre of erotic mythologies in Western art popularized by Titian. Two other examples of this genre by Titian from the Gallery’s permanent collection—Venus with a Mirror (c. 1555) and Venus and Adonis (c. 1560)—are on also on view in the West Building, in gallery M-23.
Credits: The exhibition of Titian’s Danaë from the Capodimonte Museum, Naples, celebrates the occasion of Italy’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union from July 1 through December 31, 2014. It is organized by the National Gallery of Art and the Embassy of Italy, Washington, together with the Capodimonte Museum, Naples, and the Superintendency of Cultural Heritage for the City and the Museums of Naples and the Royal Palace of Caserta. Generous support of the exhibition is provided by Intesa Sanpaolo bank. Additional support is provided by Berlucchi and Ferrero.
Image: Titian, Danaë (detail, 1544–1545), oil on canvas, Capodimonte Museum, Naples. Courtesy of the Photography Department of the Superintendency of Cultural Heritage for the City and the Museums of Naples and the Royal Palace of Caserta/Luciano Basagni, Fabio Speranza