Earl Takes Titian Away

A Renaissance art masterpiece by Italian artist Titian has been removed from display at the National Art Gallery, London so that its owner the Earl of Halifax can sell the painting. The painting, which has hung in the gallery since 1992 was "a significant loss to the public", the gallery said. Discussions for a joint purchase plan with the National Gallery of Scotland took place when the owner, the Earl of Halifax, decided to put it up for sale. The gallery said despite "goodwill on all sides" no agreement was reached. A spokesman for Lord Halifax said he would be looking to sell the painting privately, rather than through auction. For the full story - click the title Irish Art