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

Titians at the National Gallery of Scotland

Loan to National Galleries of Scotland

Titian’s Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto, along with the other Orléans pictures, remained in their London home for more than a century. During the Second World War, Bridgewater House was badly damaged by bombardments, and it is not surprising that the family decided to move the masterpieces for safekeeping. At the end of the war in 1945, the paintings belonged to 5th Earl of Ellesmere (who became 6th Duke of Sutherland in 1963). He generously offered the National Gallery of Scotland a group of thirty paintings on long term loan, and at a stroke the gallery’s holdings of paintings were transformed. This had a spectacular effect on the gallery’s profile, which became known across the world as a place to view outstanding works of art.

 

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