Saturday, 10 January 2009

Ah-Titian ... Ah-Titian ...

... And Ian Davidson MP responds ... in his typically robust and insightfully critical way. Mr Smith has some sympathy with his perspective. Mr Smith always was a bit of an art philistine.

"A painting by Titian has sparked a political row after the Scottish Government confirmed it had pledged a "significant sum" towards its purchase. It followed newspaper reports that the government was contributing £17.5m towards acquiring the work of art ... But Glasgow MP, Ian Davidson, questioned the logic of spending such large sums during an economic downturn.
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme, Mr Davidson, the member for Glasgow South West, said: "It is difficult to argue that this is part of Britain's cultural heritage when it's a picture by a long dead Venetian - it's not as if it's Jock McTitian. Very few people will ever have heard of Titian, many will have thought he was an Italian football player."

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