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11/23/2009

Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall to Play Nude Diana in Titian Painting

Kim Cattrall, National Gallery, Titian, Diana painting
EDINBURGH — Actress Kim Cattrall, best known for her role as Samantha Jones on Sex and the City, announced that she will pose nude once again in the name of art. This is the second time the English-born Cattrall has volunteered her body to raise funds to keep classic Renaissance paintings on display in the U.K.

In 2008, Cattrall played Diana (goddess of the hunt) for a recreation of the Titian painting Diana and Actaon. Although the work was on display at the National Gallery in London, the painting's owner, the Duke of Sutherland, threatened to sell the work on the open market. The successful campaign raised the $83 million necessary to keep the piece in Britain.

This time, Cattrall will pose naked for Titian's Diana and Callisto. The masterpiece portrays the moment in which Diana discovers that her maid Callisto has become pregnant by Jupiter. The painting is in the collection of the National Gallery in Edinburgh, but the Scottish government has refused to pay for the piece to stay there.

The man-eating character Samantha Jones is known for openly embracing her sexuality and the 53-year-old Cattrall is certainly not shy about it either. "Kim is committed to do whatever she can to keep the second Titian on public view," a representative for the actress said.

Note: Sex and the City 2 is scheduled to hit theaters in May 2010.
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[Photo: Kim Cattrall in a recreation of Titian's Diana and Actaon painted in 2008]

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