Considered the undisputed master of Venetian Renaissance painting, Titian (Tiziano Vecelli) was the subject of some controversy in 2009 when Londons National Gallery and the National Galleries of Scotland jointly purchased his painting Diana and Actaeon for $71 million. Almost half of the funds to buy the artwork came from the government, prompting many politicians to accuse leadership of spending frivolously in a time of recession. Houston museumgoers will get to decide if the purchase was worthwhile when Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting comes to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. It will be the first time Diana and Actaeon, as well as another Titian masterpiece (also bought by the National Galleries of Scotland), Diana and Callisto, have ever traveled to the United States. The exhibition also features paintings from the NGS collection by Jacopo Bassano, Lorenzo Lotto, Jacopo Tintoretto and Veronese. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Through August 14. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713‑639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org. $13 to $17.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 22. Continues through Aug. 14, 2011