Maria Rosario Domenici
Judy Dater (American, 1941-)
Not on View

Judy Dater contributed mightily to photography’s break-out moment from Modernism in the 1960s. One of a handful of female photographers from that period, her compelling and insightful photographs established a new model in portraiture especially as it concerned the traditional depiction of women, and the depiction of male subjects by a female artist.

Maria Rosaria Dominici is a magnificent image from the artist’s “Excerpt from an Italian Journal,” a body of work Dater created while in residence at the American Academy in Rome in 1998. Long inspired by the beauty and drama of figures from Italian painting and the Italian cinema , the artist began to photograph Romans she encountered on the street, or whom she invited formally to her studio at the academy. Dater strikes a balance here between the imaginative: a half-bust, profile pose, that recalls images of the Madonna and female portraits from the Renaissance, and what the camera sees: the intimate details of Dominici’s visage as she poses for the photographer.


  • Artist Name: Judy Dater (American, 1941-)
  • Title: Maria Rosario Domenici
  • Date: 1998
  • Medium: gelatin silver print
  • Dimensions: 24 x 20 in. (61 x 51 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist
  • Accession Number: PH.2010.2.2
  • Copyright: © Judy Dater

Object Information

Face It: The Photographic Portrait

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2014-04-04 to 2014-08-11
  • Judy Dater, Theresia de Vroom, Marilyn Symmes, Gloria Williams Sander, Donna Stein, Judy Dater: Only Human, 2018, plate 10 pp. 49 (ill.), 187

Additional Artwork by Artist

Anna, Pregnant Judy Dater 1968
At Napoleon's Tomb, Paris Judy Dater 1967
Jorge Livia Judy Dater 1996

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