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The self-portrait : a cultural history

James Hall.
  • New York, New York : Thames & Hudson, 2014.
  • 288 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • In this broad cultural survey, art historian and critic James Hall brilliantly maps the history of self-portraiture, from the earliest myths of Narcissus to the prolific self-image-making of contemporary artists. His intelligent and vivid account shows how artists' depictions of themselves have been part of a continuing tradition that reaches back for centuries. Along the way he reveals the importance of the medieval 'mirror craze'; the explosion of the genre during the Renaissance; the confessional self-portraits of Titian and Michelangelo; the role of biography for serial self-portraitists such as Courbet and van Gogh; themes of sex and genius in works by Munch, Bonnard and Modersohn-Becker; and the latest developments of the genre in the era of globalization. The full range of self-portraits is covered here, from comic and caricature self-portraits to 'invented' or imaginary ones, as well as key collections of self-portraiture such as that of the Medici in Florence. Throughout, Hall asks why - and when - artists have chosen to make self-portraits, and looks deeply into the worlds and mindsets of the artists who have created them. Comprehensive and beautifully illustrated, the book features the work of a wide range of artists including Alberti, Caravaggio, Courbet, Dürer, Emin, Gauguin, Giotto, Goya, Kahlo, Koons, Magritte, Mantegna, Picasso, Raphael, Rembrandt and Warhol. Offering a rich and lively history, The Self-Portrait is an essential read for all those interested in this most enduringly popular and humane of art forms.--Publisher.
  • 1. Medieval Origins
  • 2. Craze For Mirrors
  • 3. Artist In Society
  • 4. Renaissance Artist As Hero
  • 5. Mock-Heroic Self-Portraits
  • 6. Artist's Studio
  • 7. At The Crossroads
  • 8. Coming Home: Into The Nineteenth Century
  • 9. Sex And Genius
  • 10. Beyond The Face: Modern And Contemporary Self-Portraits.
Other information
  • "120 illustrations, 109 in color."
  • Contains bibliographic references (pages 283) and index.
  • 9780500239100
  • 050023910X
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2013930838
  • OCLC: 858843375
  • OCLC: 858843375