The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History

The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History

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By (author) James Hall

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 230mm x 34mm | 800g
  • Publication date: 22 April 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 050023910X
  • ISBN 13: 9780500239100
  • Illustrations note: 120 illustrations, 109 in colour
  • Sales rank: 69,673

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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.

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Hall intelligently and succinctly analyzes centuries of cultural history, and if the book doesn't much suggest where we're going, it does an exceptional job of pointing out where we've been. "