Robert Mapplethorpe

Smutty

About this artwork

The nickname, tattoos, studded wristband and knowing look suggest that there is a darker side to this androgynous-looking young man. The placement of the arms and the contrapposto of the body and head are features common in Mannerist art, an area of art history that Mapplethorpe had a particular interest in.

  • title:
    Smutty
  • accession number:
    AR00188
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  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • date created:
    1980
  • measurements:
    34.10 x 34.10 cm (framed: 61.10 x 58.70 x 3.80 cm)
  • 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
  • copyright:
    © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe