The Death of Actaeon by Titian

Ovid described how Actaeon accidentally came upon Diana naked, while out hunting and was changed by her into a stag and killed by his own hounds.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
178 x 198 cm
Art Fund grant:
£100,000 ( Total: £1,763,000; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
1972
Vendor:
Christie's

The treatment of the landscape, which was always greatly admired, is of a freedom which was not fully achieved again until the 19th century. Purchased after a successful public appeal by the gallery.

Provenance

Painted for Phillip II of Spain, but not know if it ever reached the King; Archduke Leopold William, Brussels; Queen Christina of Sweden; Dukes of Orleans, Paris; Sir Abraham Hume; the Earls of Brownlow; the Earls of Harewood; Christie's; J.Paul Gett

Venue details

National Gallery Trafalgar Square, LONDON London WC2N 5DN 020 7747 2885 www.nationalgallery.org.uk

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