About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Cretan Landscape, 1964, printed January 1974

Platinum-palladium print, edition 6/25
39.3 x 55.5 cm (image); 55.8 x 63.3 cm (paper); 55.8 x 65.9 cm (mount)
Typed label, verso: “CRETAN LANDCAPE [underlined] / Photograph by Irving Penn / Copyright © 1965 by / The Conde Nast Publications Inc. / Not to be reproduced without written / permission of the copyright owner.”; inscribed verso: “1145 [in a circle]”; inscribed and signed verso: “Arches Paper on Aluminum / Multiple coating and printing (of 2 color components) / 1 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / 3 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / Print made January 1974 / Irving Penn [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “6/25”; stamped verso; “Hand-coated by the photographer”; inscribed verso; “Of this image: / there are 25 numbered prints in platinum metals and 13 numbered pigment prints in color. / I.P.”; stamped verso: “Deacidified.”

Restricted gift of Mrs. Leigh B. Block, 1977.911

Copyright Condé Nast Publications, Inc.

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)

Publication History

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. 49, cat. 36. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 145. (other print of this image/variant in pigment on porcelainized steel)

Hürlimann, Annemarie. 1994. “Irving Penn: Collection privée/Irving Penn: Privatsammlung.” Exh. cat. Musée d’art et d’histoire/Editions Bentali. p. 61, cat. 39. (other print of this image/variant in pigment on porcelainized steel)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 158, cat. 96, pl. 91.

Ownership History

Marlborough Gallery, New York [then the artist's representative], by September 1977; sold to the Art Institute, 1977.

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