Self Portrait: Renaissance to Contemporary

Self Portrait: Renaissance to Contemporary cover


Anthony Bond is Head Curator of Western Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney and specialises in twentieth- century and contemporary international art. His recent book Body (1997) was awarded the inaugural Power Institute Award for the best book on art history.

Joanna Woodall of the Courtauld Institute of Art is an early modern specialist and has written widely on portraiture and issues of realism. Her most recent publication considers virtue, the virtuoso in seventeenth-century Netherlandish art.

Ludmilla Jordanova is a Director of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge.

T.J. Clark is Professor of History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley.

Joseph Leo Koerner is Professor of History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.


300 x 245mm, 224 pages
140 illustrations, 60,000 words
ISBN 1 85514 356 9
£30 (hardback)
ISBN 1 85514 357 7
£22.50 (paperback) - Gallery Exclusive
Published October 2005

Out of print

Renaissance to Contemporary
Anthony Bond and Joanna Woodall
With essays by T.J. Clark, Ludmilla Jordanova and Joseph Leo Koerner

An ambitious exploration of the self-portrait from its inception in the early fifteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century, this ground-breaking book moves beyond the constraints of art history. SELF-PORTRAIT: Renaissance to Contemporary allows us to share an intimate encounter with great artists of the past. The artist once stood before a canvas and gazed into a mirror; we, in turn, stand before the canvas looking at what the artist saw in the mirror. For a moment, time and space are collapsed and we find a reflection of ourselves in the artist's eyes.

With 140 images from collections all over the world, from Van Eyck to Chuck Close, this book includes pioneering essays on self-portraiture by leading art historians as well as informative analyses of each of the paintings in the accompanying exhibition. The artists are shown constructing their identity, setting the scene for their life and times and above all showing themselves as creative individuals, often captured in the act of conjuring their own image in the studio.

Published to coincide with a new series on Channel 4, Self-Portraits: The Me Generation presented by art critic and broadcaster Matthew Collings and a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London from 20 October 2005 to 29 January 2006 and at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia from 17 February to14 May 2006.

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