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The self-portrait : a cultural history

Author: James Hall
Publisher: New York, New York : Thames & Hudson, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this broad cultural survey, art historian and critic James Hall brilliantly maps the history of self-portraiture, from the earliest myths of Narcissus to the prolific self-image-making of contemporary artists. His intelligent and vivid account shows how artists' depictions of themselves have been part of a continuing tradition that reaches back for centuries. Along the way he reveals the importance of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Portraits
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Hall
ISBN: 9780500239100 050023910X
OCLC Number: 858843375
Notes: "120 illustrations, 109 in color."
Description: 288 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Medieval origins --
A craze for mirrors --
The artist in society --
The renaissance artist as hero --
Mock-heroic self-portraits --
The artist's studio --
At the crossroads --
Coming home : into the nineteenth century --
Sex and genius --
Beyond the face : modern and contemporary self-portraits.
Responsibility: James Hall.

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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.  Read more...

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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. "

 
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