Facing the World: Self-portraits from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei (paperback)

National Galleries of Scotland
James Hall, Pierre Vaisse, Wolfgang Ullrich et al.
Page count:
228 printed pages
180 colour illustrations
Item Size:
24 x 30 cm

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This extensively illustrated book documents an exciting survey of around 150 self-portraits from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei, covering six centuries and a wide variety of media. Featured artists include such famous names as Palma Vecchio, Gustave Courbet, Anselm Feuerbach, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Henri Matisse, Max Beckmann, Andy Warhol, Marina Abramovia and Tracey Emin. The self-portrait is one of the most fascinating themes in art history.

The works are drawn from three major European collections: the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh and the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe. Introductory essays by three distinguished authors representing each of the participating member countries of the European Union delve further into a topic which, in the age of the selfie, Facebook and Instagram, seems more relevant than ever.

James Hall is an art historian and critic; he has written books on Michelangelo, Left-Right symbolism and the prize-winning The Self-Portrait: a Cultural History (Thames and Hudson, 2014).

Pierre Vaisse has lectured in modern and contemporary art at universities including the Sorbonne, the University of Lyon 2 and the University of Geneva. His areas of interest include nineteenth-century French painting, German painting of the Renaissance and the relationship between art and politics.

Wolfgang Ullrich works as a freelance writer in Leipzig. In his books and articles he deals with the history of ideas, art sociology, consumer theory and the functions of pictures in society and social media.