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Irving Penn: In A Cracked Mirror (Self-Portrait) (A), New York

A work made of platinum-palladium print.
Copyright The Irving Penn Foundation

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  • A work made of platinum-palladium print.


1986, printed October 1990


Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

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Irving Penn


Irving Penn: In A Cracked Mirror (Self-Portrait) (A), New York


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Made 1986


Platinum-palladium print


3 of 16


Inscribed verso: “3562 / ..”; inscribed verso: “IRVING PENN (SELF-PORTRAIT) / (NEW YORK, 1986) [in a box]”; inscribed verso: “3/16”; inscribed verso: “MULTIPLE COATNG AND PRINTING / 1 [in a circle] PLATINUM / 2 [in a circle] PLATINUM-PALLADIUM / Print made Oct. 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]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1986 by Irving Penn / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of / photographer.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 16 prints of this / image in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding 17 may exist. / I.P.”


Image: 51.8 × 49.2 cm (20 7/16 × 19 3/8 in.); Paper: 63.1 × 55.9 cm (24 7/8 × 22 1/16 in.); Mount: 66.1 × 55.9 cm (26 1/16 × 22 1/16 in.)

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Gift of Irving Penn

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Copyright The Irving Penn Foundation

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