Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hollywood Titian Rescue

Sex and the City star, Kim Cattrall, is preparing to help save a priceless piece of classic Renaissance art. The artwork at stake is Titian's work, Diana and Callisto. Cattrall, 53, who was born in Liverpool, is an admirer of the Venetian Renaissance painter’s work. She described seeing Diana and Actaeon as “being in the presence of a genius”.

In order to keep the painting form selling to a private European buyer, the actor has committed to posing nude for a recreation of a privately owned masterpiece, in order to raise money to enable the British government to buy the work.

Cattrall will pose nude for a recreation of Diana and Callisto, which shows the moment when the Roman goddess learns her maid has become pregnant by Jupiter. Last year she posed topless for a re-creation of its sister painting, Diana and Actaeon, which was bought for the National Galleries of Scotland and London after a public fundraising drive. This current rescue mission is viewed as an especially important venture, as it would keep the two Titian paintings, which were meant to hang together, from being separated.

pictured above: Diana and Callisto, 1559, Oil on canvas, 187 x 205 cm, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

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