The High is about to welcome more masterpieces, AJCer Howard Pousner reports: Atlanta’s High Museum of Art will be the first museum in the United States to show two Titian masterpieces never before seen in this country.
“Diana and Actaeon” and “Diana and Callisto” — what a High press release called “two of the greatest paintings of the Italian Renaissance” — will be part of a 25-piece exhibition, “Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland,” to open here in October.
The “Diana” paintings were originally commissioned by King Phillip II of Spain, and were acquired by the Duke of Orleans in the 18th century. They went on long-term loan to the National Galleries of Scotland in 1945, and in 2008, “Diana and Actaeon” was acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery of London. Those institutions are are in the thick of a campaign to acquire “Diana and Callisto,” as well.
The Titian exhibition also includes work by Tintoretto, Veronese and Lotto all from the collection of the National Galleries. It was curated by David Brenneman, the High’s Director of Collection and Exhibitions and Frances B. Bunzl Family Curator of European Art. The High says this this exhibition will launch a new collaboration between the High and the National Galleries, with more exhibitions on the way.
Want to go? “Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland” runs October 16, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011. $18, $15 for people 65 and older and students, $11 for ages 6-17, free for members and children 5 and younger. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4444, www.high.org.
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