Artist: Richard Hamilton (British, London 1922–2011 Oxfordshire)

Date: 1974

Medium: Lenticular acrylic laminated on color collotype with pasted paper sticker

Dimensions: 23 3/8 x 17 3/8 in. (59.4 x 44.1 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Purchase, Reba and Dave Williams Gift, 2000

Accession Number: 2000.382

Rights and Reproduction: © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


In this optically complex self-portrait, Hamilton re-creates the illusion of touching the surface of a mirror, which results in the simultaneous views of the back of his extended hand and arm and the front of his face and body. Palindrome—derived from the Greek words for “fast” (palin) and “return” or “rebound” (dromos)—applies to words, numbers, or phrases that read the same backward or forward (for example, “eye”) and to photons bouncing off a reflective surface. Created especially for the group portfolio Mirrors of the Mind, published by Marian Goodman and Multiples Inc., New York, Palindrome gave the artist the impetus to try a new technology—lenticular, laminated, three-dimensional printing.