[Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum] The Poesie: Mary Tudor Speaks Of And To Titian's Women


Saturday, March 5, 2022, 3:00pm to 5:00pm


Calderwood Hall

Join us for the world premiere of a dramatic monologue written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and theater critic Hilton Als in response to the exhibition Titian: Women, Myth, & Power. Mary I, the first queen regnant of England, married Philip II of Spain in 1554, shortly after the young prince commissioned six paintings from renowned Renaissance artist Titian. Al's monologue considers Titan's poesie, or painted poetries, from the future Queen’s perspective.

Als examines the Titian paintings through the eyes of the portrait of Mary included in the exhibition. In striking contrast to the poesie, Als describes Mary "as a woman who is not nude, not full-bodied, and a leader rather than a 'subject,' unlike the women in the Titian works.” Through this new monologue, Als introduces a new “gaze” to these paintings.