About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

The Angel, New York, 1946, printed September 1990

Platinum-palladium print, edition 18/52
58 x 46.6 cm (image); 63 x 56 cm (paper); 65.9 x 56 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “.. / 2147”; inscribed verso: “THE ANGEL / (NEW YORK, 1946) [in a box]”; inscribed verso: “18/52”; inscribed verso: “PLATINUM-PALLADIUM / SINGLE COATING, MULTIPLE PRINTING / PRINT MADE SEPTEMBER 1990 / RIVES PAPER ON ALUMINUM”; stamped and inscribed verso; “HAND COATED BY / THE PHOTOGRAPHER / I.P.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “PRINT MADE 1990 / I.P.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1946–RENEWED 1974 by Irving Penn, / Courtesy of Vogue / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of / photographer.”

Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.193

Copyright The Irving Penn Foundation

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, “Irving Penn, A Career in Photography,” November 22, 1997–February 1, 1998; traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, State Hermitage Museum, March 1–May 16, 1998; Hamburg, Germany, Deichtorhallen, June 18–September 6, 1998; Munich, Germany, Müchner Stadtmuseum, October 6, 1998–February 21, 1999; San Francisco, California, Friends of Photography/Ansel Adams Center for Photography, November 11, 1999–January 23, 2000; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 25–June 4, 2000; Paris, France, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, September 13–November 5, 2000. (Colin Westerbeck)

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, “Irving Penn: A Tribute,” October 31–December 13, 2009. (Matthew S. Witkovsky)

Publication History

Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York. 1990. “Other Ways of Being: 100 Photographs, 1948–1971.” Exh. cat. Pace/MacGill Gallery. pl. 1. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. “Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 27. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 126, cat. 14, pl. 86.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 2. (other print of this image)

Keaney, Magdalene. 2010. “Irving Penn Portraits.” Exh. cat. National Portrait Gallery, London. p. 19, pl. 2. (other print of this image/variant in gelatin silver)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.

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