Robert Mapplethorpe
Francesco Clemente 1985

Artwork details

Robert Mapplethorpe 1946–1989
Francesco Clemente
Date 1985
Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensions Support: 374 x 373 mm
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
Not on display

Online caption

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.

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