About this artwork

This is a small-scale copy of Titian’s masterpiece Diana and Actaeon of about 1556-59, jointly owned by the Scottish National Gallery and the National Gallery, London. It was Initially attributed to David Teniers the younger, who produced a large number of such copies after paintings in the collection of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in Brussels. However, Titian’s painting was in the Spanish royal collection in Madrid at the time this was painted and was probably unknown to Teniers. Further research has since reattributed this sketch to Wouters.

  • title:
    Diana and Actaeon, after Titian
  • accession number:
    NG 2875
  • artist:
  • after:
    Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)Belgian (about 1485/90 - 1576)
  • gallery:
  • object type:
  • materials:
    Oil on paper, stuck on panel
  • date created:
    About 1630 - 1640
  • measurements:
    38.40 x 39.40 cm (framed: 48.20 x 49.00 x 6.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by George Watson through the Art Fund 2015

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Titian made a greater impact on European painting than any other artist from Venice. His use of colour and development of a 'painterly' style of lively brush work has influenced generations of artists. He excelled in all types of painting, including altarpieces, religious subjects for private devotion, themes from classical mythology, allegorical works and portraits. The bright clear colours and smooth appearance of his early paintings are quite different from the more dramatic tonal contrasts and broken brushwork of his later work. He received public and private commissions from within Venice and from eminent patrons elsewhere. Titian painted many of his most celebrated pictures for King Philip II of Spain.