The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History

The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History


Highly engaged and beautifully illustrated, this work expertly navigates the history of self-portraiture, from the earliest myths of Narcissus and the Christian tradition of ‘bearing witness’ to the prolific self-image-making of today’s contemporary artists.

Along the way, this broad cultural survey imparts knowledge on the importance of the medieval ‘mirror craze’; the confessional self-portraits of Titian and Michelangelo; the role of biography for serial self-portraitists such as Courbet and van Gogh; and the latest developments in our globalized age.

“From the self-aggrandising to the self-mocking, from the solemn to the saucily teasing, a survey of self-portraiture in all its many manifestations emerges. ... This is a wide-ranging, richly researched and evocatively illustrated book ... The Self-Portrait has a wonderfully fresh feel. It is as varied, revelatory and idiosyncratic as the genre it takes as its subject.” – The Times

Product Code 1041460
Author James Hall
Publisher Thames and Hudson
Published Aug 2015
Format Paperback
Pages 288
Dimensions 15.5 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
ISBN 9780500292112
GTIN 9780500292112
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