The Self-Portrait : A Cultural History, Hardback

The Self-Portrait : A Cultural History Hardback



In this broad cultural survey, James Hall brilliantly maps 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 he reveals 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; themes of sex and genius in works by Munch and Bonnard; and the latest developments in our globalized age.

Hall covers the full range of self-portraits, from comic and caricature self-portraits to invented or imaginary ones, and looks deeply into the worlds and mindsets of the artists who have created them.

Offering a rich and lively history, this is an essential read for all those interested in this most enduringly popular and humane of art forms.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 120 illustrations, 109 in colour
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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  • Category: Portraits in art
  • ISBN: 9780500239100



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