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Francesco Clemente
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Francesco Clemente 1985

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
Francesco Clemente is an Italian painter born in Naples in 1952. At the time this photograph was taken, he lived part of the time in New York, Rome and Madras. Clemente came to the fore internationally in the late 1970s and 1980s, when expressive, figurative painting became popular again. Here, Mapplethorpe has photographed Clemente standing in front of one of his own paintings. With arms outstretched and head set against a halo-like form in his painting, Clemente looks like his namesake, Saint Francis (Francesco) of Assisi, receiving the stigmata (the marks corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus).

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Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.

Figurative art


  • Acc. No. AR00152
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 37.40 x 37.30 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