500 Self-Portraits

ISBN-10: 0714843849
ISBN-13: 9780714843841
Edition: 2004 (Revised)
Authors: Julian Bell
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Description: A new version of a Phaidon classic published in 1937, this evocative andascinating book, now issued as a paperback, presents 500 of the world'sreatest self-portraits, arranged in a simple chronological sequence fromncient times to the late twentieth  More...

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Phaidon Press Limited
Publication date: 4/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 548
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.25" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 2.288

A new version of a Phaidon classic published in 1937, this evocative andascinating book, now issued as a paperback, presents 500 of the world'sreatest self-portraits, arranged in a simple chronological sequence fromncient times to the late twentieth century.;'The mirror, above all - theirror is our teacher,' wrote Leonardo da Vinci. Portraits are an endlessource of fascination, responding as they do to the basic human impulse toook at faces and try to see into the character behind them. Self-portraitsave the added fascination that comes from looking into the mirror and tryingo study one's own face.; Taking its inspiration from the classic Phaidonolume published in 1937 with the same title, this book presents anninterrupted sequence of 500 self-portraits, in chronological order fromncient Egypt to the late twentieth century. The challenge of creating theirwn likeness has proved irresistible to artists, and included here areowerful and evocative works by many of the world's greatest painters andculptors, including Durer, Rembrandt, Picasso and Andy Warhol. Each image is

Julian Bell has taught art history for many years and is also a practicing painter. He writes widely on art for magazines, including The New York Review of Books.

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