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
- Publication Date: 24/03/2014
- Category: Portraits in art
- ISBN: 9780500239100