The self portrait a cultural history james hall on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers hall provides a lively cultural interpretation of the genre from the middle ages to today rather than provide a series of greatest hits. The idea of history traced through self portraits really intrigued my interest in both history and art history by using self portraits and the lack of self portraits it is able to capture how the artist is perceived within society as well as how the artist themselves view what they are doing and the purposes for their art. Youd be forgiven for thinking the self portrait is essentially a historical phenomenon but james hall begins his lively cultural history with the challenging assertion that self portraiture . The self portrait a cultural history james hall thames hudson 288pp 1995 it would be possible in fact very easy to write an agreeable book about the history of the self portrait that took in the great masters from drer and michelangelo to rembrandt van gogh and andy warhol a book that made reassuring and familiar points about artists we know and love even if it didnt . The self portrait may be the visual genre most identified with our confessional era but modern artists are far from the first to have explored its power and potential in this broad cultural survey of the genre art historian and critic james hall brilliantly maps the history of self portraiture from the earliest myths of narcissus and the
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