Robert Mapplethorpe

Self Portrait

About this artwork

As in most of his self portraits Mapplethorpe presents himself playing a role – here that of the stealthy and rather reticent knife-stabber. He holds his hand out with the knife as if about to deliver a thrust, but his other hand is held up in a mixture of horror and surprise and his face looks more anxious than determined.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Self Portrait
  • date created:
    1983
  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • measurements:
    47.60 x 37. 50 cm (framed: 81.70 x 69.00 x 2.70 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:
    AR00227
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe