‘Selfies’ from the Past
We’re probably all guilty of taking a ‘selfie’ now and then – just a quick picture of yourself to show where you are or what you are doing that you upload to Facebook or Instagram.
If you wanted to, you could also use your face as a perfect model for a new drawing or painting. Through the years many great artists have done just that, they’ve created stunning sketches, drawings, busts and paintings from their own faces. Why? Perhaps they used their face for studies or maybe they just wanted to create a perfect gift for a loved one.
Nowadays, we’re very happy to see the faces of many great artists from the past, it helps us to get to know them better. If you’re thinking about making your own ‘selfies’, get some inspiration from the stunning self-portraits below from the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijke Musea Mechelen, Federico Zeri Foundation, Bałtycka Biblioteka Cyfrowa and Museum Jan Heestershuis. Enjoy!