About the Exhibition

Catch this rare opportunity to see the cream of the Venetian paintings collection of the National Galleries of Scotland, here for the first time ever. Two ravishing pendants by Titian, Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto, make this a must-see for painting lovers.

Acclaimed as the most poetic creations of the Italian Renaissance, these luminous sixteenth-century paintings are the two most significant works by Titian outside of Italy and Spain. Originally painted for King Philip II of Spain, they entered the Bridgewater/Sutherland collection at the end of the eighteenth century and have been on loan to the National Gallery since 1945.

The exhibition also includes Titian's famous Venus Rising From the Sea (formerly a Bridgewater picture) and masterpieces by Lorenzo Lotto, Jacopo Tintoretto, Jacopo Bassano, Paris Bordon, Giovanni Cariani, and Paolo Veronese. A companion exhibition, "Venice on Paper," will present a selection of stunning Venetian drawings by Venetian Renaissance masters.

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The exhibition will be on view at the High Museum, Atlanta (October 16, 2010-January 2, 2011), the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (February 6-May 1, 2011), and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts (May 21-August 14, 2011).

This exhibition is co-organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in collaboration with the National Galleries of Scotland.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Lead sponsorship of the local presentation is provided by Delta Air Lines, with additional generous support provided by Sheila Morgan and Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

Media partnership is provided by the Star Tribune.

Titan - Venus Rising

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Venus Rising from the Sea ('Venus Anadyomene') about 1520
Oil on canvas

National Gallery of Scotland, Acquired from the Trustees of the 7th Duke of Sutherland, partially in lieu of inheritance tax, with the aid of the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation) and the Scottish Executive, 2003

Audio Tours

Get more from your visit by renting an insightful 14-stop audio guide for Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland: $4; $3 MIA members.

The audio guide is also available for FREE on your own mobile device at m.artsmia.org.