Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 - A unique collaboration with The Royal Ballet

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Diana and Actaeon (detail), 1556-9 © Courtesy of National Gallery
Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 - A unique collaboration with The Royal Ballet

Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN
United Kingdom
July 11th, 2012 - September 23rd, 2012
Opening: July 11th, 2012 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

+44 020 7747 2865
Daily 10am–6pm, Fridays 10am–9pm
Sainsbury Wing Exhibition: Admission free


‘Metamorphosis: Titian 2012’ - featuring new work by Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross and Mark Wallinger.

This multi-arts project, part of the Cultural Olympiad's London 2012 Festival, will draw on the powerful stories of change found in Titian’s masterpieces, revealing how these spectacular paintings continue to inspire living artists.

A multi-faceted experience celebrating British creativity across the arts, ‘Metamorphosis: Titian 2012’ brings together a group of specially commissioned works responding to three of Titian’s paintings – Diana and Actaeon, The Death of Actaeon and the recently acquired Diana and Callisto – which depict stories from Ovid’s epic poem ‘Metamorphoses’.

Contemporary artists

Contemporary artists Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross and Mark Wallinger will be creating new work for the exhibition at the National Gallery. The display, which includes sets and costumes for three new ballets at The Royal Opera House, will reveal how they have responded to Titian’s masterpieces.

Choreographers, composers and dancers

Top British choreographers, dancers and composers have collaborated with the artists to create an evening of three new works, performed at The Royal Opera House by The Royal Ballet in July 2012.

On 16 July the performance will be simultaneously relayed on a large screen in Trafalgar Square and to 18 other venues across the UK, from Aberdeen to Bristol and Swansea to Norwich.


Leading poets including Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney and Simon Armitage have been commissioned by the National Gallery to respond to Ovid’s text and Titian’s paintings. Discover how they have been inspired in the accompanying publication.

About 'Metamorphoses'

Roman poet Ovid’s (43 BC–17 AD) 15 book poem was written in Latin and features the story of Diana, which inspired Titian's three great paintings.

Based on the theme of 'change' ('Metamorphoses' means 'transformations' in Greek), these mythical tales were as renowned in Titian's day as Bible stories, and were a popular source of inspiration for many Renaissance artists.