Apollo by Robert Mapplethorpe (1988)

The photograph titled “Apollo,” taken by the artist Robert Mapplethorpe in 1988, depicts a side profile of what appears to be a statue. The statue is likely a representation of Apollo, the Greek god associated with many aspects, including music, art, and the sun. The composition of the photo is stark, with a high-contrast look that accentuates the smooth lines and curves of the statue’s facial features. The photographed subject is positioned against a pitch-black background, which serves to highlight the luminosity and fine details of the sculpture’s face. The image focuses on portions of the faceā€”in particular, the forehead, nose, lips, and chin, revealing a serene and classical beauty associated with sculptures from antiquity.

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