The Self-Portrait, Natalie Rudd

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Self-portraits show no signs of losing the ability to capture the public imagination. Given our current tendency to take and share "selfies" in seconds, it's not surprising that the general public and students are discovering a renewed interest in the genre. Self-portraits have the power to illuminate a range of universal issues, from identity, purpose and authenticity to vulnerability, uselessness and mortality. In this book, curator Natalie Rudd skillfully sheds new light on the self-portrait and its international appeal, examining the historical contexts in which self-portraits have spread and the meanings they hold today. With commentaries on works by artists ranging from Jan van Eyck and Artemisia Gentileschi to Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo and Jenny Saville, the book explores the emotional and expressive potential of self-portraits, and its ability to distance or demystify. Can self-portraits provide windows into the artistic process? Can a unique identity ever be captured? Is it necessary for a self-portrait to represent the human form? In her lively and topical discussion, Rudd dissects these and other important questions, revealing the shifting faces of individuality and individuality at a time when we are questioning notions of personal identity more than ever before.

Language: English

Binding method: Paperback

Publication date: May 2021

Number of pages: 176 pages

Dimensions: 22 x 14 cm

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