Self-Portrait: Renaissance to Contemporary
Self-Portrait at the Easel Painting a Devotional Panel
by Sofonisba Anguissola, 1556
© Muzeum-Zarnek, Lancut, Poland
PAST TOURING EXHIBITION
SELF PORTRAIT Renaissance to Contemporary is the first large-scale exhibition to bring artists' own images together from across periods and places within the tradition of western painting. From Jan van Eyck to Jenny Saville, visitors will enjoy many portraits rarely seen outside the collections and cities in which they are permanently displayed. The appeal of this genre of painting is well known, and this exhibition explores the diversity of the image through which the artist is represented.
Sponsored by Channel 4, this major exhibition brings together a painted self-portrait by 56 of the world's greatest artists from 1433 right up to the present day, including 14 by women painters. Works by artists renowned for their self-portraits such as Rembrandt, van Gogh, Kahlo and Bacon will be included alongside works by less well-known artists such as Pieter van Laer, Johannes Gumpp and Hans Thoma, whose self-portraits are of exceptional quality and interest. The international range of artists represented includes Carracci, Velázquez, Hogarth, Kauffmann, Courbet, Warhol, Hopper, and Freud.
Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia),
17 February - 14 May 2006