Robert Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith

About this artwork

This famous photograph of Patti Smith is a study in contrasts, not only between the black hair and white doves, between the gossamer-lightness of the dress and the sharpness of Smith’s features; but between the peaceful, almost arcadian atmosphere conjured up by the tree, doves and dress and the intensity of Smith’s gaze and expression.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Patti Smith
  • date created:
    1979
  • materials:
    Gelatine silver print on paper
  • measurements:
    34.00 x 34.20 cm (framed: 61.20 x 58.70 x 3.90 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    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
  • accession number:
    AR00495
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe