About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Cuzco Woman with High Shoes, Cuzco, December 1948, printed October 1980

Platinum-palladium print, edition 13/20
30 x 28.6 cm (image); 60.7 x 50.8 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “1683 / .. [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Photographed December 1948”; inscribed verso: “CUZCO MOTHER AND CHILD / (WOMAN WITH HIGH SHOES)”; inscribed verso: “Rives Paper on Aluminum / Platinum-palladium / Print made October 1980”; stamped verso: “Deacidified”; inscribed verso: “13/20”; stamped and inscribed verso; “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1978 by Irving Penn / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner and / THE CONDE NAT PUBLICATIONS INC.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 20 prints of this / image in platinum metals, unnumbered, but singed, silver prints not exceeding a total of 0 may exist.”

Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.259

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, "Far from Home: Photography, Travel, and Inspiration," January 20–May 6, 2007. (Elizabeth Siegel and Newell G. Smith)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 94. (other print of this image/variant in color)

Foresta, Merry A. and William F. Stapp. 1990. “Irving Penn: Master Images.” Exh. cat. National Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 24, cat. 11. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 58, cat. 39, fig. 5.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 14. (other print of this image)

Bernheimer Fine Art Photography, Munich. 2011. “Irving Penn: Ethnos.” Exh. cat. Bernheimer Fine Art Photography. pl. 21. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.

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