Diana, Princess of Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales
by Mario Testino
Durst and Lambda bromide print, 1997
16 in. x 20 1/4 in. (408 mm x 515 mm)
Artistback to top
- Mario Testino (1954-), Photographer. Artist of 22 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
This portraitback to top
When Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981 she became a global celebrity. Diana quickly encompassed both fame and celebrity: glamorous star, tabloid sensation and patron of many charities. The camera couldn't get enough of her. She became a national institution knowing
how to work the press just as much as they could work her. This image by Mario Testino for Vanity Fair shows a relaxed and independent woman emerging from a difficult period. However, the images from this photo shoot soon acquired a tragic poignancy, being the last official photographs to be taken of Diana before her death in a car accident in 1997. By that time, Diana had surpassed celebrity and fame; she was somebody who seemed to be Britain itself - like a modern Britannia.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Cannadine, Sir David (Introduction); Cooper, Tarnya; Stewart, Louise; MacGibbon, Rab; Cox, Paul; Peltz, Lucy; Moorhouse, Paul; Broadley, Rosie; Jascot-Gill, Sabina ., Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits, 2018 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA, 7 October 2018 -3 February 2019. Bendigo Art Gallery, Australia, 16 March - 14 July 2019.), p. 201
- Kinmonth, Patrick, Mario Testino: Portraits, 2002 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 1 February to 4 June 2002), p. 118/119
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
Events of 1997back to top
Current affairsThe Labour party - re-branded as New Labour - win a spectacular landslide election and Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister. Their electoral campaign promised that 'things can only get better' and that their priorities would be 'education, education, education.' While New Labour's 'third way' centralist approach put off some party traditionalists, it secured the popular vote.
Princess Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed die in a car crash in Paris.
Art and scienceJ.K. Rowling publishes Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first of seven fantasy books chronicling the life of Harry and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: learning magic, breaking school rules, romantic entanglements and their struggles against the evil Lord Voldemort.
Scientists at the Roslin Institute in Scotland announce that they have cloned the first mammal from an adult cell: '6LL3', or Dolly the Sheep.