Masterworks by Titian from Scotland shown for the first time in the United States at the High Museum.

Two masterworks by Titian, the Venetian Renaissance artist, will be seen in the United States for the first time during an exhibition at the High Museum of Art Atlanta opening Sunday, Oct. 17.

Commissioned by King Philip II of Spain, the works, “Diana and Actaeon” and “Diana and Callisto,” were painted between 1556 and 1559.

David Brenneman, director of collections and exhibitions at the High, told GlobalAtlanta that the paintings were acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland in the 1790s and that they had not left the United Kingdom since then.

Through a joint sponsorship with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the High is to have the two masterpieces on view from the opening of the exhibition until Jan. 2, 2011.

They will be part of a larger exhibition including 10 other paintings from the National Galleries of Scotland’s collection of Venetian Renaissance works and 13 drawings by Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and other Venetian Renaissance masters.

The exhibition will then be on view in Minneapolis from Feb. 5 to May 1, 2011, and then from May 21 to Aug. 14, 2011, in Houston.

Tickets may be purchased at or at the High’s call box office.