Although self- portraits have been made by artists since the earliest times, it is not until the early
Renaissance in the mid 15th century, that artists can be frecuently identified depicting
themselves as either the main subject, or as
important characters included in a larger work, or a grou p portrait
VELÁZQUEZ AS HIMSELF
THE THREE WISE MEN ADORATION
SANDRO BOTTICCELLI AS AN ADORATOR
PIERO DE LA FRANCESCA AS A SLEEPING SOLDIER
A RTEMISIA GENTILESCHI
A lot of artists, specially women artists, showed themselves in the act of painting, or at least holding a Brush and a
VINCENT VAN GOGH
NORMAN ROCK WELL
FRANCISCO DE GOYA
Women who worked as artists were usually painters´ daughters, so they taught them the profession, but normally they were not admitted in Art Schools or Academies, so they had to paint without living models. So it was difficult for them to paint historical, mythical or religious compositions .
As a result of this, they focused on portraits . And they understood self- portraits, as a way to revindicate their value as artists.
Anyway, both men and women used to paint themselves as you have seen. In fact there are some artists that made a lot of self portraits, as REMBRANDT:
ELISABETH VIGEÉ LEBRUN
And there are a rtists w ho base d their pictorical works on their portraits, for example FRIDA KHALO:
VINCENT VAN GOGH
And CINDY SHERMAN
Why did these three artists represented themselves so many times?
All of them have chosen this gender to communicate and give their messagges through art, but why?
Each one has different reasons.
Now you have to look for information about their lives, and prepare a Powerpoint or Photostory explaining those reasons. (work in small groups).
You will have to present it to the class.
Remember to mention:
why you choose this artist,
which is your favourite painting and explain its meaning, or what colors are employed to paint it , and the moment of the artist´s life when it was made…(each member of the team has to explain it in class)