The Self-Portrait


A lively introduction to self-portraiture, reflecting on the work of over sixty artists from the Renaissance to the present day


ISBN: 9780500295816 Category:

Natalie Rudd


Self-portraiture shows no sign of losing its ability to capture the public imagination. Given our current proclivity to snap and share ‘selfies’ in seconds, it is unsurprising to find a renewed interest in the genre among general audiences and students. Self-portraits have the power to illuminate a range of universal concerns, from identity, purpose and authenticity, to frailty, futility and mortality.

In this volume, curator Natalie Rudd expertly casts fresh light on the self-portrait and its international appeal, exploring the historical contexts within which self-portraits have proliferated and considering the meanings they hold today. With commentaries on works by artists ranging from Jan van Eyck and Artemisia Gentileschi to Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo and Jenny Saville, the book explores the emotive and expressive potential of self-portraiture, and its capacities to distance or to demystify. Can self-portraits offer windows into artistic process? Is there ever a singular identity to be captured? Is it necessary for a self-portrait to depict the human form? In her vibrant and timely discussion, Rudd dissects these and other important questions, revealing the shifting faces of individuality and selfhood in an age where we are interrogating notions of personal identity more than ever before.

With 97 illustrations in colour

Additional information

Weight 412 g
Dimensions 13.8 x 21.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 25 March 2021
Number of pages 176
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 13.8 x 21.5 cm
Weight 412 g


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Natalie Rudd is Senior Curator of the UK's Arts Council Collection. She has published monographs on the artists Peter Blake, Tess Jaray and Paul de Monchaux, among others.