Titian: Sex, Race, Murder

Sun, August 16, 2020 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Why the National Gallery’s Exhibition TITIAN: Love Desire Death could be better known as TITIAN: Sex, Race and Murder with its depictions of misogyny, rape and racism.Titian’s Poesie , a series of paintings based on his idiosyncratic interpretation of scenes from Ovid’s epic poem Memorphoses for the the twenty six year old king Philip II, are today celebrated as amongst some of the greatest works of art of all time. But, seen through today’s twenty-first century enlightened eyes there are some deeply troubling depictions of lust, rape , sexism and racism on show. In their male dominated times these images and ideas were the norm, today we think differently, should these works still be celebrated in 2020 ? This illustrated presentation will explore and discuss Titian’s iconic works from an African perspective.

This is an online talk. The Zoom link will be sent to you 90 minutes before the event starts. Please check your junk mail as some email servers identify such content as spam.

About the speaker:

Michael is a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and holds degrees in Physics (1974) and Art History (2008). He is a cultural art historian, academic and blogger, his specialism and passion is the black presence in Renaissance European art in particular the Black Magus in Adoration images from that period. He regularly writes on these matters and speaks on those themes at the Victoria & Albert Museum (where his work is referenced), the British Library, the Tate Britain and Victoria and Albert museum.

Other Black History Walks online events

  • African Women Resistance Leaders: Political and Spiritual. Course
  • Titian Sex, Race and murder, the Black image in European art
  • Inter-generational trauma in Haiti and Louisiana
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy in the Caribbean: Barbados
  • Black British Race Riots of 1919 and the current relevance
  • Medical Apartheid European experiments on Black Bodies Part 1 and 2
  • What were Black people doing in World War 1 ?
  • The Black History of video games
  • Hidden history of the Real McCoy
  • Hip Hop and Academia

To get advance notice of all coming events join mail list at www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk


Birmingham Friday, 20 March, 2020 - 21:00 to Monday, 30 November, 2020 - 20:00

Windrush Generation Digital storytelling project

Filmmakers wanted to celebrate the Windrush generation  SHORT FILM: Call for filmmakers to produce project on Windrush generation…

Events in the South East September 2020

Gift the Magic of Music

We are on a mission to bring the magic of music into every home and school in Brighton…

Monday xtra 2020
ONLINE EVENT Monday Sep. 7, 14, 21, 28 2020, 6-9pm (UK)

Monday Xtra History Sessions

Video led forums that speak to the history of British black music; Marcus Garvey & UNIA-ACL; an African…

Lambeth Wed, September 30, 2020 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Alex Wheatle – Cane Warriors

NOBODY FREE TILL EVERYBODY FREE Join Lambeth Libraries for the launch of the brand-new novel from Guardian Award-winning…