New York, from "Master Prints Volume II"

Accession Number

New York, from "Master Prints Volume II"

Elliott Erwitt

Object Creation Date
1949; printed 1985

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

19 15/16 in. x 23 15/16 in. ( 50.7 cm x 60.8 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Clayton E. Wilhite

Label copy
A master of the witty visual pun, Erwitt presents humorous views of the world that are heightened by his mastery of framing. Nowhere does that sharp eye for humor and sure composition come together more masterfully than in this image taken in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A series of gallery entrances recedes from the viewer as a statue of the goddess Diana appears to take aim at a man in the distance. The solemnity of the setting heightens the humorous posing of the two figures.
Carole McNamara, Assistant Director for Collections & Exhibitions
on the occasion of the exhibition New York Observed: The Mythology of the City
(July 13 – September 22, 2003)

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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modern and contemporary art
sculpture (visual works)

7 Related Resources

Architecture in photography 1949-1989
(Part of 6 Learning Collections)
Art of interest to Judaic Studies
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Greco-Roman Mythology
(Part of 7 Learning Collections)
Greek Cultural Influence
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
New York City
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Elliott Erwitt
(Part of: Modern Jewish Photography F22 - Dash Moore)

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