2008 Titian's Diana and Actaeon
Diana and Actaeon is one of six large-scale mythologies inspired by the Roman poet Ovid that Titian painted for King Philip II of Spain. Titian, who is often considered as the greatest of all Venetian artists, began the picture and its companion Diana and Callisto in 1556, the year of Philip’s coronation. Spurred on by the prestige of royal patronage, he unleashed all his creativity to produce works of unprecedented beauty and inventiveness. The National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery, London acquired Titian’s Diana and Actaeon for the nation with the aid of a grant of £10,000,000.