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Self Portrait
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Self Portrait 1983

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
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.


  • Acc. No. AR00227
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 47.60 x 37. 50 cm (framed: 50.80 x 40.60 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