The challenge of interpreting and recreating their own likenesses has proven irresistible to artists throughout the ages. Originally published more than 80 years ago and last revised in 2000, this wholly new edition for 2018 presents a selection of powerfully evocative works by many of the world’s greatest artists – from Dürer and Rembrandt to Marina Abramovic ́, David Hockney, and Cindy Sherman – working in painting, photography, sculpture, and performance. Flowing in a chronological sequence, with interspersed artist quotes, it features essays by Julian Bell and Liz Rideal. This is both a useful resource and a thoughtful celebration of a much-loved art form.
Julian Bell, grandson of the British artist Vanessa Bell, is a painter, writer, and regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian. Liz Rideal is an artist, curator, and lecturer in fine art. She has worked for over 30 years with the National Portrait Gallery in London.