Marilyn Diptych

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Marilyn Diptych
ArtistAndy Warhol
MediumAcrylic paint on canvas[1]
Dimensions205.44 cm × 289.56 cm (80.88 in × 114.00 in)

The Marilyn Diptych (1962) is a silkscreen painting by American pop artist Andy Warhol depicting Marilyn Monroe. The piece is one of the artist's most noted works, it is in the collection of the Tate.[2]


Silk-screening was the technique used to create this painting; the twenty-five images on the left are painted in color, the right side is black and white. The painting consists of 50 images.[3]

The work was completed during the weeks after Marilyn Monroe's death in August 1962; the fifty images of the actress are all based on a single publicity photograph from the film Niagara (1953).

The piece was on display as part of the exhibition "Witty, Sexy, Gimmicky: Pop 1957-67" at the Tate Modern from 27 Apr 2015 to 10 Jan 2016.


It has been suggested that the relation between the left side of the canvas and the right side of the canvas is evocative of the relation between the celebrity's life and death;[1][4][5] the work has received praise from writers such as American academic and cultural critic Camille Paglia, who wrote in 2012's Glittering Images lauding how it shows the "multiplicity of meanings" in Monroe's life and legacy.[6]

In a December 2, 2004 article in The Guardian, the painting was named the third most influential piece of modern art in a survey of 500 artists, critics, and others.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Andy Warhol Marilyn Diptych 1962". Tate. February 2016. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  2. ^ [1] Andy Warhol; Marilyn Diptych 1962. Tate Museum web page
  3. ^ "Marilyn Diptych".
  4. ^ Helen Gardner, et al. Gardner's Art Through the Ages. Thompson Wadsworth, 2004. 1054.
  5. ^ Carol Salus. "Behind the Celestial Enchantment". The Poetry of Life in Literature. Ed. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka. Springer, 2000. 198.
  6. ^ Rosen, Gary (October 16, 2014). "The Pagan Aesthetic". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  7. ^ Charlotte Higgins. "Work of art that inspired a movement ... a urinal". The Guardian. December 2, 2004. Retrieved on September 3, 2008.

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