TORY leader David Cameron last night vowed to double-check the ages of all artists mentioned in speeches by the prime minister.
Gordon Brown was humiliated in the Commons yesterday as Mr Cameron exposed his 'litany of lies' about how old Titian was when he died.
During angry exchanges, Mr Cameron said: "You told us Titian died aged 90, when the truth is he died aged 86. Why haven't you resigned?"
And as the Bank of England predicted the worst recession since the dinosaur asteroid, Mr Cameron added: "This is the sort of prime minister who will tell you that Constable died in childbirth at the age of 78, just for the sake of a few votes.
"In fact, Constable died from indigestion aged just 60. As for Rembrandt – 63 not 14. El Greco – 73 not 173. And JMW Turner, who captured the beauty of the Venetian canals, was 74, not 75 as this government's pointless VAT cut would have us believe."
To opposition taunts of 'how old was Michelangelo, you jowly Scottish prick?' Mr Brown said: "Across the world governments are following our lead and making a rough guess about how old Titian was when he died."
But experts said Mr Brown's Titian outrage is just the latest example of the prime minister's art-based dishonesty:
- Shortly after becoming prime minister in June 2007 he announced to the House of Commons that Damien Hirst had been crushed to death by a cow.
- In 2004, while still chancellor, Mr Brown claimed Pablo Picasso was hired by the CIA to confuse the Russians with his freaky-faced portraits.
And last year the prime minister told the Institute of Directors that the troubled post-impressionist Vincent Van Gogh lived to the age of 102 and died after falling off a swing.