'Sex and the City's' Kim Cattrall sheds clothes to save art

kim-cattrall-titian-290.jpgFor the second year in a row, "Sex and the City" star Kim Cattrall bared it all to keep a classic Renaissance painting on display in the U.K.

Cattrall will again pose nude as the goddess Diana for a reenactment of Titian's famous painting "Diana and Callisto," according to Contact Music.

The reenactment will hopefully raise awareness (and money) to keep the real painting in an Ediburgh gallery, after the Scottish government has refused to pay for the work to stay there.

This is the second time Cattrall has posed as the goddess Diana for this purpose. The first time was a year ago, when she sat beside many nude twenty-something art students and actors to recreate Titian's "Diana and Actaeon" (above) to raise money to keep the painting in the National Gallery in London.

The Duke of Sutherland, who owned the painting, told the gallery that it would have to buy the painting from him for £50 million or he would sell it on the open market. The fundraising effort was successful, however, and kept the painting in the National Gallery.

Cattrall was born in England to British parents and has visited the National Gallery many times. She told 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."

Cattrall is no stranger to shedding her clothing on "Sex and the City," but still... well done, Ms. Cattrall. You make a beautiful Diana.

"Sex and the City 2" is in theaters May 28, 2010.

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