Monday, 2 February 2009

£50m Titian 'Secured'

Titian - Diana and Actaeon (ca 1559) detailTitian’s Diana and Actaeon has been "secured for the nation" (National Gallery). BBC News is so excited about this news that it's posted links to the story everywhere, from London to Edinburgh, and the National Gallery emailed me a gloat this morning. The big question is: Did the nation want this overpriced and substandard work by a Venetian artist? The fat cats who control the purse strings thought so. The National Heritage Memorial Fund, The Monument Trust, The Art Fund and Scottish Government all put big helpings of other people's money into the pot. Isn't it time somebody told them the UK is in recession?


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