Self-portraits have been created by man from ancient times through to the Middle Ages and beyond, for many different reasons and in many different forms.
Juliet Heslewood, art historian and author of Mother, Lover and Child, brings together a compelling collection of artists’ self-portraits, and tells the stories behind each of the artworks featured. Looking at each work, considering its individual history and examining the motivations behind its creation can reveal much about the artist, and about the time and place in which it was made. The images are shown chronologically, and the changing nature of the subject can be seen as time rolls forward over centuries to the present day.
From Durer, Da Vinci and Rembrandt, to Van Gogh, Matisse and Kahlo, the book features over forty self-portraits and provides a fascinating combination of biographical anecdote and art history.
Features work from the following collections:
Musée Picasso, Paris
National Gallery, London
Tate Gallery, London
Alte Pinakothek, Munich
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Sistine Chapel, Rome
JULIET HESLEWOOD studied History of Art at London University and later gained an MA in English Literature at Toulouse. For over twenty-five years she lived in France where she devised and led study tours on art and architecture as well as continuing her writing career. Her books include The History of Western Painting for young people which was translated into twelve languages. She also wrote its companion on sculpture and Introducing Picasso. She has published collections of world folk-tales. Juliet now lives in Oxfordshire where she continues to write on both art and folklore and is a freelance lecturer in the History of Art.