London – The British National Gallery and National Galleries of Scotland announced yesterday it had attracted 45 million pounds (C $ 70.8 million) to acquire a masterpiece of the Renaissance. The two paintings have been in the UK for more than 200 years.
Both institutions have stated that Diana and Callisto has been preserved through public funds, private donors and 25 million pounds (C $ 39.3 million) reserves of the British National Gallery, covering virtually the entire fund for the purchase of works of art.
This acquisition will bring together the other part of the work of Titian, Diana and Actaeon, the two galleries were purchased in 2009.
John Leighton, director general of the National Galleries of Scotland, noted that “two of the most important paintings in the world” from the beginning had to be submitted together.
These two paintings of the sixteenth, depicting two scenes from Greek mythology interpreted by the Venetian master, are in England since 1798, but Diana and Callisto owned by a private, the Duke of Sutherland. The latter proposed to sell the painting in 2008 to national galleries, resulting in a capital campaign.