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Jo's Art History Podcast

35 EpisodesProduced by Jo McLaughlinWebsite

Join art historian Jo McLaughlin as she delves into the wonderful world of art history in a different way!Jo’s aim is to begin breaking down the elitism which surrounds the subject of art history and believes in order to do so, it’s important to create a space where everyone from all walks of life h… read more


11. The Secret Lives of Titian's Poesie with Lynne Hanley

It’s episode 11 and on today’s podcast Jo is joined by Lynne Hanley - art historian, writer and London based tour guide to discuss the secret lives of Titian’s incredible series known as the Poesie!

The Poesie are a series of 6 paintings completed by the great Italian artist, Titian, under the patronage of the future King Philip II of Spain BUT Lynne is going to be giving us a different take on this great series from within the history of art.

TODAY we will be looking at the story beyond the canvas and together track the wild and sometimes dangerous history of where this group of paintings ended up.

In this episode we look at patronage, pawns, the art of erotica and discuss the possibility that where these works use to hang, being the inspiration for 50 Shades of Grey!

Its all go in todays episode!!

Listen and decide for yourself!


Lynne Hanley


Instagram: lynne_beyondthepalette


Jo McLaughlin


Instagram: @josarthistory


Paintings from the series by Titian in order are:


Venus and Adonis

Perseus and Andromeda

Diana and Actaeon

Diana and Callisto

The Rape of Europa

All images referred to on the show can be found on my website here: or on my Instagram page @josarthistory

Further materials:

National Gallery of Scotland discussing the history of their Diana works from the series during a Facebook live:

Titian: Love, Desire, Death:

Building of new frames for each of the works:

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