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Titian: Women, Myth, & Power

Prize(s) Honorable Mentions
Company Anita Jorgensen Lighting Design
Lead Designers Anita Jorgensen
Client Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Photo Credits Julia Featheringill
Other Credits Exhibition Designer: Stephen Saitas Designs
Completion Date 8/12/2021
Project Location Boston, Massachusetts
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Entry Description

“Titian: Women, Myth, & Power” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum explores timely themes of sexual violence. For the first time in over four centuries, the Rape of Europa, one of the most important Renaissance paintings in the United States, is reunited with its five illustrious companions. Titian reimagined these familiar tales and used his modern style of painting to shape the future of western art. This exhibition explores each painting's story, the drama, raw emotion, and complex consequences illustrated in each painting, reconsidering what the “poesie,” painted poetries, meant in their own time and how they resonate now.

With the permission of the lending institutions, the curatorial and creative teams made the decision to bring daylight fill into the space, while electric light highlighted the paintings. The abundance of cool north facing daylight enhanced the cool blue tones in the paint palette, while the warm 2900K electric LED light bathed the paintings in a golden glow. A striking abundance of painted flesh dominates the gallery. Enriched by warm electric light, the reds and golden tones of the paint sing.