The Self-portrait

The Self-portrait

A Cultural History

Book - 2014
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This broad cultural history of self-portraiture brilliantly maps the history of the genre, from the earliest myths of Narcissus and the Christian tradition of "bearing witness" to the prolific self-image-making of today's contemporary artists.Focusing on a perennially popular subject, the book tells the vivid history of works that offer insights into artists' personal, psychological, and creative worlds. Topics include the importance of the medieval mirror craze in early self-portraiture; the confessional self-portraits of Titian and Michelangelo; the mystique of the artist's studio, from Vermeer to Vel#65533;zquez; the role of biography and geography for serial self-portraitists such as Courbet and Van Gogh; the multiple selves of modern and contemporary artists such as Cahun and Sherman; and recent developments in the era of globalization.Comprehensive and beautifully illustrated, the book features the work of a wide range of artists including Beckmann, Caravaggio, D#65533;rer, Gentileschi, Ghiberti, Giotto, Goya, Kahlo, Kauffman, Magritte, Mantegna, Picasso, Poussin, Raphael, Rembrandt and Van Eyck. The full range of the subject is explored, including comic and caricature self-portraits, "invented" or imaginary self-portraits, and important collections of self-portraiture such as that of the Medici.
Publisher: New York, New York : Thames & Hudson, 2014
ISBN: 9780500239100
050023910X
Branch Call Number: N7618 .H35 2014x
Characteristics: 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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uncommonreader
Aug 30, 2015

Only somewhat interesting. On a positive note, Hall includes a number of female artists. The print is very small and the illustrations fuzzy.

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