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Introduction * Prelude: Self-Portraiture in Antiquity * 1. Medieval Origins * 2. A Craze for Mirrors * 3. The Artist in Society * 4. The Renaissance Artist as Hero * 5. Mock- Heroic Self-Portraits * 6. The 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
A many-faceted history of self-portraiture, telling the history of the artworks that offer the deepest insights into an artist's personal, psychological and creative world
James Hall is an art historian, lecturer and broadcaster, and is a visiting research fellow at the University of Southampton. He is the author of four critically acclaimed books, including The World as Sculpture: The Changing Status of Sculpture from the Renaissance to the Present Day and The Sinister Side: How Left-Right Symbolism Shaped Western Art.
'There is never a dull passage in this book ... Hall manages to retain the intellectual high ground while writing with verve and enthusiasm ' - Frances Spalding, Guardian 'Spirited ... the book's readability and the depth of research give it an engaging pace that makes it especially refreshing' - The Art Newspaper 'Stimulating ... Hall writes with energetic freshness ... a highly engaged book that raises many questions about this intriguing and still-active genre. It deserves to be widely read' - Literary Review 'Enthralling ... Scattering insights on all sides, Hall's narrative advances through the centuries with masterly vigour' - Observer 'Fascinating, erudite and beautifully produced' - Sunday Times 'Wide-ranging, richly researched and evocatively illustrated ... It is as varied, revelatory and idiosyncratic as the genre which it takes as its subject' - The Times