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Arnold Schwarzenegger
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger 1976

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
The bodybuilder and budding actor Arnold Schwarzenegger poses in a space rendered theatrical by a curtain that cuts the image at the top into two halves. The curve of the curtain to the left is echoed in Schwarzenegger’s pose – his extended right leg and curved right arm. It shows Mapplethorpe’s interest in the classical tradition with Schwarzenegger’s exceptionally muscular physique reminiscent of Michelangelo’s figures in the Sistine Chapel.


  • Acc. No. AR00213
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 34.10 x 34.10 cm (framed: 61.30 x 58.70 x 3.80 cm)
  • 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