Robert Mapplethorpe

Self Portrait

About this artwork

A sense of his own mortality became increasingly apparent in Mapplethorpe’s self-portraits from the mid-1980s. In 1986 he was hospitalised with pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and was diagnosed with AIDS. His physical deterioration was already evident in works such as this self portrait where, dressed in formal attire with jacket and bow tie, he gazes into the camera with an unflinching indignant intensity.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Self Portrait
  • date created:
    1986 (printed 1996)
  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • measurements:
    48.60 x 48.30 cm; framed: 74.70 x 72.20 x 3.10 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Lent by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 2014
  • accession number:
    AL00391
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe