Coronation Master “ Marcia Paints her Portrait” 15th C There is a long history of self-portraiture in art. Some of this is because of the availability of the self as a model.
John Singleton Copley “ Self-Portrait” 1770 We are all curious about our own identities and wonder how the perceptions others have of us might square with what we know about ourselves; self-portraiture can be used to explore this universal question.
Albrect Durer “ Self Portrait in a Fur Cloak” 1500 Self-portraits throughout history range in their self-expression in many ways. Some are very formal and provide little information beyond the image of the artist.
Angelica Kauffmann “ Self Portrait” 1785 Some artists render themselves as idealized and romanticized in their self-portraits.
Gustave Courbet “ Desperate Man (Self Portrait)” 1843 In an effort to imply drama or emotion, some self-portraits provide insight into the artist by the emotions depicted.
Victor Brauner “ Self Portrait” 1931 Brauner’s portrait idealizes in a different way-- he has mutilated himself in this image.
Henry Church “ Self-Portrait” 1880 Another approach is to include things in the portrait which are significant to your life.
Frida Kahlo “ Self-Portrait with Small Monkey” 1945 In portraits by Frida Kahlo she often sits stiffly in the center of the image while pets, plants, or objects with great symbolism are incorporated around her.