Francesco Clemente
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Francesco Clemente 1982
  • Artist Rooms
Francesco Clemente is an Italian painter born in Naples in 1952. At the time this photograph was taken, he lived part of the time in New York, Rome and Madras. Clemente came to the fore internationally in the late 1970s and 1980s, when expressive, figurative painting became popular again. The pose and facial expression that he adopts are those of a saint or holy man. Mapplethorpe, who grew up a Catholic, uses the iconography of Catholic imagery to bring out something of the saintly seeker-after-truth in Clemente, who regularly spent time in India where he was inspired by the richness of the culture and religious practices.

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Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.

Iconography

The study of the content of a work of art rather than its formal qualities. It also refers to the symbols associated with a person or movement.

Figurative art, Iconography

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00151
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 37.50 x 37.50 cm (framed: 50.80 x 40.60 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008