Historical Portraiture: Self-Portraits
The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History by James Hall - Hardcover: 288 pages; Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st edition (April 22, 2014) Best Seller

Focusing on a perennially popular subject, the book tells the vivid history of works that offer insights into artists’ personal, psychological, and creative worlds.

Artists' Self-Portraits by Omar Calabrese, Marguerite Shore (Translator) – Hardcover: 391 pages Publisher: Abbeville Press (May 30, 2006)

Artists' Self-Portraits, a monumental yet lively study, encompasses the long and illustrious history of this piquant subset of the portrait form, which Italian art professor Calabrese traces back to antiquity, then forward into the modern era. Calabrese establishes three main categories of artists' self-portraits: the straightforwardly iconographic, embodiments of a specific historic moment, and works that reflect the inner realm, with Rembrandt and Van Gogh's self-portraits serving as key examples. But from these three main streams branch many tributaries, and Calabrese engagingly discusses self-portraits by women artists, self-portraits as visual autobiography, such recurring motifs as mirror images and the proud display of the tools of the trade, and self-portraits that subvert self-portraiture. His expert interpretations are illuminating, but it's the opportunity to revel in 345 gorgeous color reproductions and gaze into the eyes of such superlative artists as Albrecht Dürer, Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, Goya, Manet, Munch, James Ensor, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Frida Kahlo that makes the book such a transporting experience. Donna Seaman —Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Great Self-Portraits: 45 Works (Dover Art Library) by Carol Belanger Grafton (Editor) – Paperback: 44 pages Publisher: Dover Publications (October 1, 2002)

What does a self-portrait tell us about the artist? Find out in this unique volume of 45 splendid self-portraits, encompassing pen, ink, and charcoal renderings as well as etchings and engravings. Subjects range from such 15th-century artists as Gentile Bellini, Leonardo da Vinci, and Albrecht Dürer to a host of 19th-century masters: James Whistler, Auguste Rodin, Vincent van Gogh, Berthe Morisot, Aubrey Beardsley, and many more--Rembrandt, Rubens, Goya, Blake, Pissarro, and numerous others. Artists, art historians, and art lovers will enjoy discovering the emotions, character traits, and nuances of personality revealed in these masterly self-portraits. 45 b/w illustrations.

Cezanne, The Self-Portraits by Steven Platzman – Hardcover, 350 pages (October 1, 2001) University of California Press

Few artists painted as many self-portraits as Paul Cezanne. Art dealer Platzman uses these self-portraits to explore the artist's psychological profile, personal and artistic development, and relationships with other artists and with women. Thirty-six paintings and 24 drawings are reproduced in this volume, providing the most comprehensive publication of the artist's self-portraits to date.

Rembrandt by Himself by Christopher White (Editor), Quentin Buvelot (Editor) – Hardcover, 256 pages (August 1999) Yale Univ Press

Scrutinizing his own features time and time again, Rembrandt left an extensive pictorial autobiography-his surviving self-portraits include 45 oil paintings, scores of drawings, and over 30 etchings. This absorbing book explores how Rembrandt`s self-portraits developed over his life span, why the genre was so important in his work, and how his innovative style influenced his contemporaries.

Rembrandt's Self-Portraits: A Study in Seventeenth Century Identity by H. Perry Chapman – Hardcover; 189 pages (February 1990) Princeton Univ Press


Rembrandt's Self-Portraits: A Study in Seventeenth-Century Identity by H. Perry Chapman – Paperback; Reprint edition (October 1992) Princeton Univ Press

H. Perry Chapman has produced the first comprehensive treatment of the entire body of Rembrandt's self-portraits in their cultural and historical setting and in the context of the artist's life. Prevailing scholarship has tried to discredit the idea that the self-portraits stemmed from any particular inner need, but Chapman counters by presenting fascinating evidence that they represent a conscious and progressive quest for individual identity in a truly modern sense. "H. Perry Chapman, in my view, gives us the Rembrandt we need in the 1990s. . . . [Her] sensitivity to questions of style and expression, combined with original research, leads to a conclusion . . . that `Rembrandt's lifelong preoccupation with self-portraiture can be seen as a necessary process of identity formation or self-definition'—in short, autobiography."—Walter Liedtke, The Journal of Art "Chapman is a graceful writer. Her arguments are balanced, well documented, and vigorously pursued. . . . The publication of this book is cause for gratitude and joy." —Thomas D'Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor

The Artist Revealed: Artists and Their Self-Portraits by Ian Chilvers, Rachel Bean – Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (CA) (September 1, 2003)

Sixty of the world’s most famous artists’ self-portraits are shown in full-page reproductions. Each includes a biography of the artist; an in-depth examination of the portrait details; and how it reflects the artist’s personality, ideas, and place in the history of art. These 180 color images offer the most intimate glimpses of these great artists’ personalities and how they saw themselves.

The Self-Portraits of Francisco Goya by John J. Ciofalo – Hardcover, 256 pages (September 2000) Cambridge University Press

Reader review: Very few books are able to penetrate into an artist's motives for creating works of art. This one does. Beyond the fact that the author offers convincing new interpretations of Goya's great works, he does so with a style that is utterly captivating, with language that is stunningly clear, with art historical acumen that is brilliantly insightful. The book has the look and feel as if Goya had written it himself. We enter into the mind of one the most troubled and versatile geniuses the art world has ever produced.

500 Self-Portraits by Julian Bell – Paperback: 548 pages Publisher: Phaidon Press (April 1, 2004) Best Seller

A new version of a Phaidon classic published in 1937, this evocative and fascinating book, now issued as a paperback, presents 500 of the world’s greatest self-portraits, arranged in a simple chronological sequence from ancient times to the late twentieth century.

A Face to the World: On Self-Portraits by Laura Cumming - Paperback: 320 pages; Publisher: HarperPress (September 2, 2010) Best Seller

Focusing on the art of self-portraiture, this effortlessly engaging exploration of the lives of artists sheds fascinating light on some of the most extraordinary portraits in art history.

Self Portraits: From Renaissance to Contemporary (Paperback)
by Anthony Bond – Paperback: 224 pages Publisher: National Portrait Gallery (November 30, 2006)

An ambitious exploration of the self-portrait from its inception in the early fifteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century, this groundbreaking book moves beyond the constraints of art history. Self Portraits: Renaissance to Contemporary allows us to share an intimate encounter with great artists of the past. The artist once stood before a canvas and gazed into a mirror; we, in turn, stand before the canvas looking at what the artist saw in the mirror. For a moment , time and space are collapsed and we find a reflection of ourselves in the artist's eyes. With 140 images from collections around the world, From Van Eyck to Chuck Close, this book includes pioneering essays on self-portraiture by leading art historians as well as informative analyses of each of the paintings. The artists are shown constructing their identity, setting the scene for their life and times and above all showing themselves as creative individuals, often captured in the act of conjuring their own image in the studio.

Mirror, Mirror: Self-Portraits by Women Artists by Liz Rideal, Whitney Chadwick, Frances Borzello – Paperback: 120 pages Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications (April 1, 2002)

The self-portrait is an artist's most intriguing vehicle for analysis and self-expression. Serving a dual role as both creator and subject, artists are offered unusual freedom; as a result, self-portraits offer special value and high interest for both artists and art lovers. Mirror Mirror explores the role of the self-portrait in the work of 40 women artists from the mid-17th century to today. Filled with gorgeous, full-color reproductions, this unique guide covers a wide range of media-from oil painting to photography, woodcut to ceramic sculpture. Readers will discover the rare work of major painters including Mary Beale, Gwen John, and Dame Barbara Hepworth, as well as portraits by women known primarily for their work in other media, such as photographer Lee Miller and ceramicist Susie Cooper. Each of these wonderful self-portraits appears chronologically and features fascinating biographical details of each artist, as well as inspiring essays from two leading art historians: Whitney Chadwick, who discusses style, technique, and how the artist explored her own identity; and Frances Borzello, who presents the historical background and artistic context of each portrait. Whether you're interested in history, art appreciation, or general women's issues, Mirror Mirror offers a rare look into the work, intrigue, and genius of some of the most creative women artists throughout the centuries.

The Moment of Self-Portraiture in German Renaissance Art by Joseph Leo Koerner – Paperback, Univ of Chicago Press (Txt), 1996

The self-portrait has become a model of what art is: the artwork is the image of its maker, and understanding the work means recovering from it an original vision of the artist. In this groundbreaking work, Koerner (fine arts, Harvard U.) analyzes the historical origin of this model in the art of Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) and Hans Baldring Grien (d.1545), the first modern self-portraitist and his principal disciple. By doing so, he develops new approaches to the visual image and to its history in early modern European culture. Includes 220 b&w illustrations and one color plate (the famous 1500 Self-Portrait). Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, OR.

Self Portraits of the World's Greatest Painters by Elizabeth Drury (Editor) – Hardcover, 416 pages (January 1, 2001) Thunder Bay Press

Great artists are renowned for their perceptiveness. In this book, the painters turn their perceptiveness upon themselves. Each painting reveals something of the character and spirit of the artist and has been captioned to narrate the events leading to its production. This superbly printed full-color book presents a generous selection of the most talented artists throughout history.

Self-Portraits (Looking at Paintings Series) by Peggy Roalf, Jacques Lowe (Editor) – Ages 9-12, 1st Edition, Paperback, 48 pages, Hyperion, 1993

An exploration of painting through 2000 years of art history, focusing on self-portraits by such artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gorky, and Picasso.

Renaissance Self-Portraiture: The Visual Construction of Identity and the Social Status of the Artist by Joanna Woods-Marsden – Hardcover: 285 pages Publisher: Yale University Press (December 1, 1998)

This lavishly illustrated book is the first to explore the genesis and early development of self portraiture during the Renaissance in Italy. Woods-Marsden argues that artists represented themselves on canvas in an effort to change both the status of art and their own social standing.

Seeing Ourselves: Women's
Self-Portraits
by Frances Borzello – Hardcover, 224 pages (March 1998) Harry N Abrams

Borzello traces women's self-portraits across eight centuries, deftly weaving together art and social history, the biographies of many women artists, and a wide selection of paintings, prints, and photographs by women. While some of the pieces are primarily of historical interest, there are some stunning works here, including period works by such accomplished painters as Artemisia Gentileschi and Rosalba Carriera and modern works by such little known but talented painters as Zinaida Serebryakova and Lotte Laserstein, and paintings by such familiar figures as Frida Kahol and Paula Modersohn-Racker.


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