Earthly Bodies

Irving Penn's Nudes, 1949–50

March 22-August 10, 2003

Famous for his work in fashion, still-life, and portrait photography, Irving Penn is less well known as a superb photographer of the female nude. Taken during studio sittings with artist's models, Penn's unorthodox nudes present voluptuous human forms, often in unconventional poses. Organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Earthly Bodies features 60 silver and platinum prints presented publicly for the first time in a major museum exhibition.

Earthly Bodies: Irving Penn's Nudes, 1949-1950 was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

back of nude woman sitting down

Irving Penn, Nude #18, 1949-50; photo courtesy of the artist