#museumselfie day: Seven artists’ self-portraits

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.

EXPLORE MORE Artists’ self-portraits in this gallery

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

Explore more self-portraits on Europeana Art

By Adrian Murphy, Europeana Foundation

One thought on “#museumselfie day: Seven artists’ self-portraits”

  1. I have only recently become aware of Paula Modersohn-Becker. She is quite a puzzling figure. However, I draw great inspiration from her art.
    Thank your for your post.

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