The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) and the National Gallery, London (NGL) are delighted to announce that Titian’s 'Diana and Actaeon' has been acquired for the nation from the Duke of Sutherland. The acquisition has been made possible with the generous contributions from private and public donations, Scottish Government, the National Heritage Memorial Fund, The Monument Trust, The Art Fund charity and NGL and NGS funds.
The painting will be shared by the National Galleries of Scotland and National Gallery, London and will be displayed for five years at each institution in turn. The purchase of Titian’s 'Diana and Actaeon' brings this extraordinary painting into public ownership and we have received assurances that the rest of the Bridgewater Collection will remain on loan to the National Galleries of Scotland for the next 21 years.
The National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery, London, formed a partnership in August 2008 to raise £50 million to acquire 'Diana and Actaeon' by 31 December 2008. We are grateful to the Duke of Sutherland for offering the painting at much below its market value and for giving us several years in which to make payments.