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The Self-Portrait

A Cultural History

By James Hall

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Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 February 2016
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 todays 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.
EAN: 9780500292112
ISBN: 0500292116
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 2.79 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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