Insights: Self-portraits (hardcover)
n this wide-ranging new book, Liz Rideal examines the diverse purposes that self-portraiture serves.
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With over ninety illustrations, Liz Rideal demonstrates how artists have recorded their likenesses variously - to advertise their skills, to practise their craft, to explore their inner turmoils and desires, and to transmit to history a signature image.
Eight fascinating chapters highlight themes including the role of mirrors, the ageing process, the importance of clothing and the significance of depicting oneself alongside other people. Drawing on recent self-portraits as well as historic works, the book proves that examining questions of identity through self-image remains a compelling contemporary theme.
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