About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Two Men in White Masks, Cuzco, 1948, printed 1948/59

Gelatin silver print, edition of 20
26.5 x 24.4 cm (image/paper); 37.9 x 27.8 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “REF 11080”; inscribed verso: “NEG NO. 17272P-594”; stamped verso: “COPYRIGHT / NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT / WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS, INC.”; stamped verso: “PHOTOGRAPH / BY / PENN”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1960 by Irving Penn, COURTESY OF VOGUE / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner and THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC.”; inscribed verso: “CUZCO [underlined] / TWO MEN IN WHITE MASKS [in a box] / PHOTOGRAPHED 1948”; inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN”; inscribed verso: “PRINT MADE BEFORE 1959. / I.P. [in a circle].”

Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.261

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. 99. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 61. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 104, cat. 42, pl. 55.

High Museum of Art, Atlanta. 2000. “Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection.” Exh. cat. High Museum of Art/Rizzoli. p. 82. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.

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