Robert Mapplethorpe

Self Portrait

About this artwork

By training his camera on his eyes, and on his eyes only, Mapplethorpe has concentrated on those organs and on that faculty that determined his career. These eyes, sunken into his head and surrounded by lines, are the eyes of a sick man – Mapplethorpe was to die of an AIDS-related illness in a few months’ time, but also the eyes of a brave and unflinching man, determined to outstare death.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Self Portrait
  • date created:
    1988
  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • measurements:
    27.10 x 57.50 cm (framed: 61.60 x 89.50 x 2.9 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:
    AR00145
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe