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 Abramović, 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.
About the Contributors
Julian Bell, grandson of British artist Vanessa Bell, is a painter, writer and regular columnist for The Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian.
Liz Rideal is an artist, curator and speaker who worked for over 30 years at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
About the Publisher
Headquartered in London and New York City, Phaidon is the premier global publisher of the creative arts with over 1,500 titles in print. Working with the world’s most influential artists, chefs, writers and thinkers, Phaidon produces innovative books on art, photography, design, architecture, fashion, food and travel, as well as illustrated books for children.