Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, California Artist(s)Ansel AdamsArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1927, printed 1981Medium & Supportgelatin silver print on paperDimensions
28 in x 22 in (71.12 cm x 55.88 cm);19 1/8 in x 14 3/8 in (48.58 cm x 36.51 cm);32 1/4 in x 26 3/16 in (81.92 cm x 66.52 cm)Credit LineGift of Harry H. Lunn, Jr.Subject matter
This photograph depicts the steep façade of Half Dome, in Yosemite Valley, California, and was created from an angle close to its summit. Looming upwards into a deep black sky, the monolithic cliff face slopes down through the center of the picture, creating a composition divided by a series of bold, diagonal, tonal shapes. The mountain’s monumentality is emphasized by these dramatic angels, and suggests an almost fluid, wave-like swelling in the striated granite. The deep, sonorous blackness of the sky creates a stark contrast between the sunlit granite and brilliant white snow, and lends a brooding majesty to the image. Physical Description
Photographed near the summit of a snowy mountian peak, this photograph depicts a steep cliff sloping down through the center of the frame.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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modern and contemporary art
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