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Francesca Thyssen
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Francesca Thyssen 1981

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
Francesca Thyssen is the daughter of the art collector, the late Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, and the Scottish model, Fiona Campbell-Walter. In 1993 she married Archduke Karl von Habsburg, but they later separated. Francesca von Habsburg (as she is now called) lives in Vienna and, like her father, collects art on a grand scale. Mapplethorpe portrays her in a costume that makes her look like a woman in an early Netherlandish painting or a figure out of the Arabian Nights.


  • Acc. No. AR00156
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 441 x 341 mm (Framed: 741 x 587 x 39 mm)
  • Credit 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