Gelatin silver print
Image: 21.8 x 13.9 cm (8 9/16 x 5 1/2 in.); Mounted: 49.2 x 35.1 cm (19 3/8 x 13 13/16 in.); Paper: 21.8 x 13.9 cm (8 9/16 x 5 1/2 in.)
Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2012.316
Ancient Egyptians depicted the human figure following conventions that, to contemporary eyes, appear to view the same body from different perspectives. This and other Egyptian styles and motifs inspired artists, architects, designers, and even dancers in the 19th and early 20th century, as evidenced in Struss’s photograph. This figural study belongs to The Female Figure, a portfolio of nude studies that Struss published for artists to use. He employed three painters to consult on the poses, which were executed by models and dancers.
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