The Easel

A day to see Titian’s six masterpieces of classical storytelling at the National Gallery

A set of seven paintings commissioned from Titian by Philip II of Spain have been reunited for the first time in centuries. A decade in the making, they are a Renaissance masterpiece. Titian’s taste for erotic fleshy nudes is on display but so too is his ability to convey emotion and psychological depth. Collectively they are a “supremely assured” narration of classical themes – power, passion, death – and “can’t be beaten.” All images are here.