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Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth
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Artist
Nickolas Muray, 15 Feb 1892 - 2 Nov 1965
Sitter
George Herman "Babe" Ruth, 6 Feb 1895 - 17 Aug 1948
Date
1927 (printed 1978)
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 24.6 × 19.7 cm (9 11/16 × 7 3/4")
Sheet: 25.4 × 20.4 cm (10 × 8 1/16")
Mat: 55.9 × 40.7 cm (22 × 16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Nickolas Muray Photo Archives
Object number
NPG.78.150
Exhibition Label
Nickolas Muray’s iconic portrait of Ruth was one of five known photographs he took in a special session in 1927. Ruth, looking dour, was no doubt just following the photographer’s instructions not to smile. But that year Ruth had every reason to be pleased about his baseball prowess; he achieved a long-standing record of hitting sixty home runs, and he was playing on his fifth World Series championship team. He was at the apex of his remarkable career, which would come to an end in 1935 with his last hit—an out-of-the-park home run—his 714th!
El icónico retrato de Ruth tomado por Nickolas Muray es una de las cinco fotografías que se conocen de una sesión especial de 1927. Con apariencia severa, el modelo seguramente siguió la indicación del fotógrafo de que no sonriera. Pero ese año Ruth tenía muchas razones para estar contento con sus destrezas beisboleras: logró un récord de sesenta jonrones que reinaría por mucho tiempo y se encontraba en su quinta Serie Mundial. Estaba en la cumbre de su notable carrera, la cual llegaría a su fin en 1935 con un batazo que sacó la bola del parque, ¡su jonrón número 714!
Data Source
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