Retirement Living Adventure – Titian’s Times

The latest exhibition to hit the venerable High Museum in Atlanta requires a little bit of maturity. Titled “Titian & the Golden Age of Venetian Painting,” the collection is made up of masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, all with something in common. That common thread is that the paintings show a lot of skin!
Two of the paintings on show are considered the greatest masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, so it’s not like there’s anything you wouldn’t have seen in other great works. Named for the greatest Venetian renaissance artist—arguably of all time—the show offers gorgeous scenes and lyrical landscapes of mythological gods and goddesses that are a sight for anyone with a penchant toward fine art, active adults to baby boomers to teenage grandkids.
An easy drive from Windsong’s senior living communities, the High Museum seems to offer must-visit shows at least once a season, which allows the opportunity to peruse a bit of their permanent collections on each trip. And this exhibit is no exception! Check out Titian’s “Diana and Actaeon” and “Diana and Callisto,” both of which you’ll likely recognize, and were painted between 1556 and 1559. Other works that have similarly stood the test of time are by painters Tintoretto and Lotto.
A day at the High is always like a rich history lesson, and this Titian collection is a glimpse into the graceful, unparalleled skill of a true master.

Titian & the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, through January 2, 2011 at the High Museum, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309.; 404.733.HIGH.

-Kathryn Romeyn


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