Lunchtime Lecture: The Golden Age of Self- Portraiture: Making and Collecting Self-Portraiture in England 1625–1750

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17 July 2014, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre


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Jonathan Richardson, by Jonathan Richardson, 1729 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Jonathan Richardson
by Jonathan Richardson
NPG 706

Art critic and historian James Hall explores the explosion of interest in self-portraiture in Stuart and early Georgian England.

King Charles I had a special interest in self-portraiture, keeping self-portraits by his court artists Rubens, Mytens and Van Dyck in his breakfast room, and he also owned self-portraits by Rembrandt, Gentileschi, Titian and Durer. During his reign, visiting artists' studios became a popular pastime. After the King’s execution, interest in self-portraits never went away, and the second half of the lecture will look at self-portrait production by British artists, such as Walker, Dobson, Dahl, Beale, Lely, Richardson and Reynolds. 

James Hall is an art critic, historian and lecturer; he has written books on Michelangelo and, most recently, self-portraiture.

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