Kim Cattrall Poses Topless to Save a Work of Art

Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall doesn’t just strip for TV, she does it for art, too!

Surrounded by twentysomething performers from London burlesque theater production La Clique, 52-year-old Cattrall confidently posed topless for a recreation of Italian Renaissance artist Titian’s painting Diana and Actaeon.

The modern-day recreation of the famous art piece from circa 1585 is a collaboration between photographer Tom Hunter and BBC program The Culture Show. They’ve taken on the project in order raise the roughly $77 million needed to purchase the original painting from its owner, the Duke of Sutherland, and keep it in London’s National Gallery, where the piece is currently being housed.

The Duke plans to remove Diana and Actaeon from the gallery and sell it in an auction if the money is not raised by December 31.

Kim Cattrall, whose parents are British, commented to the Daily Mail, “Viewing this painting is like being in the presence of genius, it would be a tragedy if it were not on public view.”

In the meantime, while Kim recently announced that the Sex and the City movie sequel will begin shooting next summer, her co-star Sarah Jessica Parker issued a statement playing down the timing of the production.

Why does art always have to be surrounded by controversy?