#museumselfie day: Seven artists’ self-portraits

written by Adrian on January 18, 2017 in Europeana Art with one Comment

Today is #MuseumSelfie day, where museum-goers are encouraged to have fun by taking selfies in museums.

But museums have been home to another kind of selfie for many years: the self-portrait.

We’ve selected seven self-portrait paintings to get a sense of the ways in which artists have portrayed themselves through time.

From Albrecht Dürer, an artist aware of his public image and reputation, to Paula Modersohn-Becker, the first female artist to paint a nude self-portrait, these artists show thoughts and feelings about themselves, their art and the societies in which they live and work.

Man with long hair and dark robe looking straight ahead

Self-Portrait with Fur-Trimmed Robe, Albrecht Dürer, Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Public Domain Marked


painting of young man with curly hair, his eyes are in shadow

Self-portrait, Rembrandt van Rijn, Rijksmuseum, Public Domain Marked


painting of a young man

Portrait of a Man (Selfportrait), Jan Kupecký, Slovak National Gallery, Public Domain Marked


woman painting at an easel surrounded by paintings and art materials

Selfportrait, Mimmi Zetterström, Nationalmuseum, Sweden, Public Domain Marked


painting of man wearing a hat

Self-portrait with soft hat, Julius Paulsen, Trapholt Museum for Moderne Kunst, CC BY


painting of woman naked from waist upwards wearing orange necklace

Self-portrait 6 wedding anniversary, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen CC BY-NC-SA

man smoking cigarette, wearing red hat

Self-Portrait, Vilho Lampi, Finnish National Gallery, CC BY

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