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Saturday, June 10, 2023

Two of Titian's greatest paintings are on their first U.S. tour -- but not to the West Coast

Texans’ claims that they know how to manage a state budget much better than we Californians may be crumbling, but they do retain bragging rights on one impressive count: starting May 22, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston will offer its visitors an in-person encounter with two of Titian’s greatest masterpieces in a touring show that won’t make it to the West Coast.

"Diana and Actaeon" (pictured above) and "Diana and Callisto," painted in the late 1550s and normally lodged in Edinburgh, Scotland, are making their first U.S. appearances, and Houston is as close as they’ll get to Southern California.

“Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland” first alighted at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art in October; the show, whose 13 paintings and 12 drawings also include works by Tintoretto, Lorenzo Lotto and Jacopo Bassano, opened last weekend at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, with Houston the next and last stop.

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