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Madonna

Artist
Francesco Scavullo, 16 Jan 1921 - 6 Jan 2004
Sitter
Madonna, born 16 Aug 1958
Date
1985
Type
Photograph
Medium
Chromogenic print
Dimensions
Image: 34.2 x 26.6cm (13 7/16 x 10 1/2")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6cm (22 x 16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Francesco Scavullo
Object number
NPG.88.TC138
Exhibition Label
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.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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