Bridgewater Titians

Philip II, King of Spain (1527-1598)Philip II, King of Spain (1527-1598) Perseus & AndromedaPerseus & Andromeda Queen Elizabeth I as Diana and Pope Gregory XIII as CallistoQueen Elizabeth I as Diana and Pope Gregory XIII as Callisto Charles I, 1600 - 1649. Reigned 1625 - 1649Charles I, 1600 - 1649. Reigned 1625 - 1649 Diana and Callisto, by Peter Paul Rubens, after TitianDiana and Callisto, by Peter Paul Rubens, after Titian Philippe, Duke of Orléans, 1674 - 1723. Regent of FrancePhilippe, Duke of Orléans, 1674 - 1723. Regent of France Bridgewater House Gallery, 1900Bridgewater House Gallery, 1900 Titians at the National Gallery of ScotlandTitians at the National Gallery of Scotland Girl Holding Her FootGirl Holding Her Foot SabineSabine

Lucian Freud

Girl Holding Her Foot
1985

Lucian Freud, Girl Holding Her Foot, 1985

Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto have now been continuously on public view for sixty-three years. In this time, millions of visitors have seen them and drawn inspiration. Their relevance for the artists, writers and art-lovers of today is as strong as in the decades following their creation. In 2001, the artist Lucian Freud wrote of Titian’s two Diana paintings, ‘When I first saw these Titians I was so affected by the navel of the nymph Callisto that I repainted the stomach of a naked portrait I was doing at the time… To me, these are simply the most beautiful pictures in the world. Once you've seen them, you want to see them again and again.’

  • Credits Purchased with aid from the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland, 1995
  • Medium Etching on paper
  • Size 69.00 x 54.00 cm (paper 89.00 x 72.00 cm)
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