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Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery

Simon Schama's Face of Britain: The Face of Self

All the works in these two rooms are self-portraits. They reveal that when an artist looks at themselves in the mirror it becomes the battleground between vanity and verity, flattery and truth. The resulting portraits can offer moments of candour that let us into the raging conflicts of the artist's ego or they might offer an intimate vision, which promises more than it reveals. Throughout history, self-portraits have presented moments of reckoning, as they address themselves to posterity and ask the essential question: 'Who am I?'.

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10 portraits on display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery