Titian's fiery dreams are brought back to life as National Gallery prepares to reopen – the week in art

Elsewhere, there are provocative bodies, Don McCullin’s landscapes and a liberating take on LGBTQ+ Britain – all in your weekly dispatch

Exhibition of the week

Titian: Love, Desire, Death
The Greek myths are brought to smokily erotic, achingly emotional life in the series of stupendous canvases this great Venetian painter created for Philip II of Spain in the 16th century. Closed by Covid-19 after just three days, this wondrous reunion of Titian’s fiery dreams is back for the rest of the year as the National Gallery reopens.
National Gallery, London from 8 July until 17 January

Also showing

Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings
A captivating and seductive mix of drawing, fresco and video makes for a liberating and haunting take on LGBTQ+ Britain.
Focal Point, Southend from 8 July until 30 August

Portraying Pregnancy
Images of the pregnant body and self, from the Renaissance to now, as this museum that mixes art and social history becomes one of the first in the country to reopen.
Foundling Museum, London from 8 July until 23 August

Don McCullin
Quiet and contemplative images of landscape by the master of unsettling reportage.
Hauser and Wirth, Somerset until 6 September

About the Human Figure
The provocative bodies of Enrico David flirt with Peter Doig and Picabia in this carnal group show.
Michael Werner Gallery, London until 4 September

Image of the week

Pinky 2001.
Pinky 2001. Photograph: Jennie Baptiste

Black Lives Matter has underlined the crucial role played by black photographers. We asked eight British leaders in their field to pick a favourite image from their archives – and explain why it’s so important to them. Pictured is Pinky, by Jennie Baptiste. You can see and read all of them here.

What we learned

London’s National Gallery will be the first big English collection to reopen after lockdown

Visual artists are facing existential threat post Covid-19

Photography collective Oculi tell a compelling story of Australian life

while Orlando Gili went in search of English pastimes

Philip Jarmain revisited Detroit’s dilapidated glories

Germany has a new sculpture garden in search of visitors

Separated portraits of 16th-century high society husband and wife finally back together

Six people were arrested in France over the theft of a Banksy from the Bataclan

Arthur Jafa made the video for Kanye West’s latest track

UK photography body removes image “playing to racist stereotypes”

An unseen Picasso portrait of lover and muse will appear at auction

The Istanbul photo awards winners were announced

… and Tate Britain announces recipients of £10,000 JMW Turner bursaries

while the Jarman prize shortlist 2020 celebrates vibrant escapism

OpenWalls Arles celebrates the “deeply magical” parts of daily life

An old drawing sheds light on Amsterdam’s slaving past

The great British art quiz visited the Greenwich, Birkenhead, the Royal Academy, Dedham and the Stirling Smith

Masterpiece of the week

Cosimo Tura, A Muse (Calliope?). Probably 1455-60

Cosimo Tura, A Muse (Calliope?). Probably 1455-60
Whoever modelled for this fantastic painting, she is given a strange magical power by the artist. Enthroned amid sprouting gilded foliage, monstrous golden dolphins, red rubies and a pearl-bedecked shell, she turns away haughtily in her magnificence as she personifies a mythical being. The muses were ancient Greek personifications of the arts. This is one of the very first Renaissance paintings to reinvent classical myth – and the proliferating grotesques of Tura’s vision show how the rediscovery of the pagan world set artists free from Christian morals to delight in the senses.
National Gallery, London, open and free entry from 8 July

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