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Francesco Scavullo, 16 Jan 1921 - 6 Jan 2004
Madonna, born 16 Aug 1958
Chromogenic print
Image: 34.2 x 26.6cm (13 7/16 x 10 1/2")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6cm (22 x 16")
Personal Attribute\Teeth
Madonna: Female
Madonna: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Madonna: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
Madonna: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Madonna: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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© International Center of Photography and Francesco Scavullo Trust Beneficiaries
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Madonna's "Like a Virgin" tour swept the United States in 1985, exposing teenagers and parents to a new kind of female singer who embraced both her femininity and her sexual freedom. The article accompanying this photograph in Time magazine called her personality "as forceful and well organized as D-Day." Madonna began her professional career as a dancer in New York, but soon turned her talents to singing. When this issue of Time hit newsstands in May 1985, both of her albums, Madonna and Like a Virgin, had gone platinum, and her movie debut in Desperately Seeking Susan was getting good reviews. Madonna was emerging as a 1980s icon and she soon became one of the most famous women in the world.
Collection Description
In 1978, Time magazine donated approximately eight hundred works of original cover art to the National Portrait Gallery. The museum is dedicated to telling the stories of individuals who have shaped the United States, and the Time Collection—featuring prominent international figures and events—enriches our understanding of the United States in a global context.
En 1978, la revista Time donó a la National Portrait Gallery cerca de 800 obras de arte originales creadas para sus portadas. Nuestro museo se dedica a narrar la historia de figuras que han contribuido a forjar el desarrollo de Estados Unidos, y es así que la Colección Time, que incluye retratos de importantes personalidades internacionales, nos ayuda a comprender mejor a nuestra nación en un contexto global.
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National Portrait Gallery