Diana and Actaeon

Diana and Actaeon is a painting produced between 1556 and 1559 by Italian painter Titian.

The National Gallery of London and The National Gallery of Scotland together successfully campaigned to acquire the painting Diana and Actaeon from the Bridgewater Collection for 50 million Euros.

Diana and Actaeon is one of seven large mythologies, famous canvases named as ‘the poesies’ depicting mythological scenes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Titian produced seven large mythologies from 1549 to 1562 for King Philip II of Spain when Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian II had declined Titian’s offer to paint them for him. Titian first met Philip in Milan in 1548 and then at the Imperial Diet at Augsburg in the winter between 1550 and 1551 seems that the project has been conceived during both occasions as Titian also painted the prince’s portrait. This painting portrays the moment in which the goddess Diana meets Actaeon. The dimensions of the painting are 185 cm × 202 cm (73 in × 80 in).

The work can be viewed at National Gallery, London

LocationNational Gallery, London
MediumOil on Canvas

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