ARTIST ROOMS

Robert Mapplethorpe Arnold Schwarzenegger 1976, printed 2005

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Artist
Title
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Date 1976, printed 2005
Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensions Support: 341 x 341 mm
Collection
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS
Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00213
Not on display

Online caption

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.

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