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The Getty restores a Titian for Nebraska

September 23, 2008 | 10:26 am

TitianIn the Omaha World-Herald, Dane Stickney has the fascinating story of a 1537 Titian portrait of a man with a falcon and its journey from a celebrated family in 16th century Venice, to a collection in France, to the Castle Howard in Yorkshire, England, to a collector in Berlin, to two prominent 20th century art dealers (first Joseph Duveen, then Daniel Wildenstein) and finally to Nebraska, where it came to rest in Omaha's Joslyn Art Museum during World War II.

Along the way, the painting got pretty banged up. Extensive conservation work has now been completed, courtesy of senior conservator Mark Leonard at the Getty Museum in Brentwood.

Read the tangled tale here.

--Christopher Knight

Photo: Titian, "Giorgio Cornaro with a Falcon," 1537

Credit: Joslyn Art Museum