Mario Testino’s iconic collection of images of Diana, Princess of Wales to be on display at Althorp during 2017. Fifteen iconic images taken in 1997 by Mario Testino of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will be on display this summer at Althorp – family home of the Spencers since 1508, and the final resting place of the princess. The photographs Testino initially shot for Vanity Fair turned out to be the last official portraits taken of the Princess before her untimely death the same year. Twenty years later, these images will be on display in their entirety in the exhibition rooms located within Althorp’s glorious, Grade I-listed, Stables. Visitors will be able to browse the exhibition alongside a reminder of Diana’s legacy and charitable works.
“I have always felt that Mario Testino captured the essence of Diana, quite brilliantly. These wonderful images made a huge impact on me when I saw them first, and revisiting them now, twenty years later, seems a fitting tribute to my beautiful, fabulous, sister.” – Earl Spencer
Previously shown at Kensington Palace in 2005, the original photographs now form part of the permanent exhibition at MATE – Museo Mario Testino – in Lima, Peru where a room is dedicated to a selection of images from the collection. The exhibition at Althorp this year will be the first time in over twelve years that the entire collection will be on display.
“It’s a real privilege to have been given the opportunity to photograph someone like Princess Diana, and to have the images become symbolic of her kindness and beauty. I’m very happy to see them at (the?) Earl Spencer’s home, which brings her back to her family estate”. – Mario Testino
Opens May 1, 2017 and runs until October 8, 2017 during House Opening days.
Entrance to this ‘Diana, Princess of Wales’ exhibition will be included in the regular Althorp admission ticket. Notes: MATE – Museo Mario Testino is a not-for-profit centre established to contribute to Peru through the cultivation and promotion of culture and heritage. Founded by Mario Testino in 2012, MATE (pronounced mAH-teh) aims to bring Peruvian artists and culture to worldwide attention, while offering the best of international contemporary art and photography to audiences in Lima. MATE facilitates this lively exchange through a dynamic programme of exhibitions, residencies, and events, alongside a permanent display of work by Mario Testino. MATE is committed to bringing the centre’s work to a wide audience through guided tours, workshops and talks, as well as offering training and resources as part of this expanding education programme. For more information please visit mate.pe