Friday, 29 August 2008

Scots' Titians For Sale

Titian - left Diana and Actaeon, right Diana and Callisto (1556 to 1559)Diana certainly used to get around. Here she is with Actaeon on the left and with Callisto on the right, both paintings by Titian circa 1556 to 1559. Originally painted for King Philip II of Spain, they're part of the historic Bridgewater collection owned by the Duke of Sutherland. He's decided to put them up for sale for £50m each, beginning with Diana and Actaeon. If the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery in London can raise the dosh for Actaeon, he'll let them have a crack at raising another £50m for Callisto. Big-hearted, you might think, but these masterpieces are worth a lot more on the open market.


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