Saving Diana and Actaeon

I think that we sometimes forget, in our age of cynical cartoons and showboating post-modernists, that the fine arts are a vital connection to our mythic imaginations and the unseen order. It is no coincidence that art has been throughout history the main transmitter of ideas, lessons, and stories relating to both the great polytheistic and monotheistic religions. Could there have even been a rebirth of Paganism if it hadn’t been for artists, from the Renaissance painters to the Romantic poets, keeping that spark of possibility alive? For this reason alone, though there are many others, preserving and sharing history’s great art treasures should be a concern for any who claim to explore the numinous.”Diana and Actaeon”Which brings us to Italian Renaissance painter Tiziano (Titian) Vecelli’s masterwork “Diana and Actaeon”, a painting depicting the fateful moment when the doomed hunter Actaeon happened upon the goddess Diana while bathing. The work, while privately owned by the Duke of Sutherland, has been on loan to the National Gallery (and the National Gallery of Scotland) since 1945.