Miss T

Portrait of a woman in a black shirt and pants wearing sunglasses and a gold belt.

Barkley L. Hendricks (American, 1945–2017)
Miss T, 1969
Oil and acrylic on canvas
66 1/8 x 48 1/8 in. (168 x 122.2 cm)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; Purchased with the Philadelphia Foundation Fund, 1970
© Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of the Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.


On his first trip to Europe in 1966, Hendricks was struck by a portrait in the Uffizi gallery, in Florence, by the Italian Renaissance artist Giovanni Battista Moroni: “The figure in a black, skin-tight outfit made me see the illusion of form and simplicity in a different light.” Miss T was a “direct by-product” of this encounter with the four-hundred-year-old painting. Hendricks’s subject, Robin Taylor, was his then-girlfriend: “Several paintings come with good color besides what’s on their canvases. Robin (Miss T) scared the shit out of my mother when she told her, ‘If she couldn't have me, no one would.’” (Another portrait by Moroni, his Portrait of a Woman, recently entered the Frick’s collection.)

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