Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting
22 March – 14 September 2014
Scottish National Gallery celebrates its acquisition of two mythological paintings by Titian with a display of masterpieces by 16th century Venetian artists.
Titian's Diana and Actaeon was jointly purchased for the Scottish National Gallery and the National Gallery, London in 2009, with its pair, Diana and Callisto, joining the shared collection last year. Both were acquired thanks to Art Fund support and have only recently gone back on display in Edinburgh.
The exhibition brings together a host of classical Venetian paintings, drawings and prints for display alongside Titian's two Diana canvases, as well three additional works by the artist, including the Death of Actaeon, which is on loan from London.
Many of the great painters of the period are represented, including Lorenzo Lotto, Palma Vecchio, Jacopo Bassano, Jacopo Tintoretto and Paolo Veronese.
Comparative images and other interpretative material help contextualise Titian's works, providing insight into the art of this highly creative period in Venice's history.
Download the free Titian & Diana app to explore the story of the paintings in greater depth, from the artist's rise to stardom in 15th century Venice to the part the Second World War played in bringing the pieces to Scotland. The app, which includes music, curatorial interviews and re-enacted historical scenes, was made possible thanks to Art Fund support.