Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs of the male nude—painstakingly composed and exquisitely lit—carry an undeniable sensual charge that some found discomforting when the images were first exhibited and published. In Male Nude (Neck to Knees), the dramatic cropping out of the head removes from our view the man’s face, and forces us to concentrate on the rest of the body, yet the calculated formality of the pose can seem almost academic—a modern figure study.
image: 15 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (38.7 x 38.7 cm)
sheet: 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (50.2 x 40 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right in black ink: "Robert Mapplethorpe '82"
Lower left in black ink: "For Derrick"
This item is not on view
Anonymous gift in memory of Jack Boulton
© artist or artist's estate
Copyright for this work may be controlled by the artist, the artist's estate, or other rights holders. A more detailed analysis of its rights history may, however, place it in the public domain.
The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act.
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989). Derrick Cross, 1982. Photograph, image: 15 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (38.7 x 38.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Jack Boulton, 1989.30.36. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1989.30.36_detail2.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.