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An American in Venice

6 years ago by

Everyone has a favorite Penn right?

Ok, well in case you can’t decide, a retrospective of Irving Penn’s work is on display now until December at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice (on the canals!). From his iconic black and white imagery (the likes of Truman Capote) to the softly vibrant flowers, there is no shortage of favorites to choose from. Mine? The corner portraits, Marlene Dietrich as the stand out.

Irving Penn at Palazzo Grassi, Dorsoduro 2, Venice


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  • That’s shot is amazing…I can’t stop to watch her!!
    XOX, Gap.

  • this is a show i would have liked to see! :)


  • Have to go to Venice where I’ve never been by the way…
    Just love Penn and his work!
    Thanks Brie!

  • The perfect excuse to visit Venice! Amazing picture!
    x Nina
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  • Annette June, 10 2014, 7:58 / Reply

    Venice is so lovely…a fairytale, almost. And that photo! She has such simple, classic style in hair, makeup and clothes that transcends the years, like so many of the women featured on Garance’s site. Wish I could go! :-)

  • Lisa Walker June, 10 2014, 10:56 / Reply

    A woman of great style; and interesting, too. We can never get bored of her.

  • Definitely going! Cannot wait to see it. Palazzo Grassi is truly a great place for his exibition.

  • Charlotte June, 11 2014, 5:21 / Reply

    I don’t thinks this is a black and white portrait of Truman Capote that is displayed as a picture ;) You put the one of Marlene Dietrich !

  • Truman Capote?
    I’d say it is Marlene Dietrich, isn’t she?

  • Je rentre de vacances à Venise et l’exposition au palazzo Grassi est magnifique.
    Toutes ses photos sont sur fond gris tout en nuances.Sublimes.
    Le portait de Picasso ainsi que celui de Kate Moss toute jeune sont saisissant de profondeur.Les tirages sur les guerriers africains justes incroyables.
    Une expositon à voir si on est de passage !

  • Je suis allée voir l’expo Irving Penn au mois dernier, ça vaut vraiment le coup, que ce soit les stars, les fleurs ou les mégots, mais également le reste du Palazzo Grassi avec la Fondation Pinault.
    Vraiment extra, bisous !

  • This is a sublime photo. My favorite Penn must be ‘Earthly Bodies’ series. [though I also love the Clinique ads, I have to admit ;-) ]

  • Venezia30123 June, 12 2014, 6:22 / Reply

    The Exposition is just fantastic.You can also see there in a room several internegatives that werde never shown before.Really impressing!May i just add one information: the adddress is not Dorsoduro(other side of Canale Grande) but San Marco 3231(Campo San Samuele).
    Enjoy it while visiting Venezia!

  • Je pars pour venice le mois prochain, je ne manquerai pas d’y jeter un oeil (ou même les deux) !
    Bise ;)


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