Robert Miller Gallery, New York;
acquired from the above by the present owner.
‘When art is purely art, it has a certain magic about it. It transcends whatever it is, it’s something you can’t quite put words to.’ Robert Mapplethorpe
Mark Holborn, Dimitri Levas and Arthur Danto, Mapplethorpe, Jonathan Cape, London, 1992, p. 221;
German Celant and Arkady with Karole Vail, Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition: Photographs and Mannerist Prints, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, 2004, cover and pl. 100. The image is juxtaposed with a 16th century study of the Three Graces by Jacob Matham after Hendrick Goltzius, underlining the origin of Mapplethorpe’s subtly subversive take on a classical theme.