Philippe, Duke of Orléans, 1674 - 1723. Regent of France1720
Pictures Move to France
In 1704, King Philip V of Spain presented Titian’s two Diana paintings to the French Ambassador, who subsequently gave them to the French Regent, Philippe 2nd Duke of Orléans (1674-1723). Philippe amassed a wonderful collection of paintings throughout his life. Titian’s two Diana paintings were recorded in the 1724 inventory of his collection that followed his death. The paintings remained in the Orléans collection, and were hung in the family’s Parisian residence, the Palais Royal. At the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789, the paintings were in the care of Philippe’s great-grandson, Louis-Philippe-Joseph (5th Duke of Orléans). Louis, a supporter of the revolution, sold the paintings in 1791 to Viscount Walchiers of Brussels. In 1798-99, the Orléans paintings were exhibited for sale at Bryan’s Gallery in London, and Titian’s paintings were reserved for the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater.
- Credits Purchased with the assistance of funds from the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland and the Art Fund 1998
- Medium Bronze
- Size Height: 40.00 cm