10 SELECTED SELF-PORTRAITS

(in chronological order)

Albrecht Dürer:
Self-portrait as an Ecce Homo, c.1500

Leonardo da Vinci:
Self-portrait, c.1512

Rembrandt van Rijn:
Self-portrait, 1659

Vincent van Gogh:
Self-portrait with bandaged ear, 1889

Pablo Picasso:
Self-portrait, 1901

Egon Schiele:
Self-portrait, 1911

Max Beckmann:
Self-portrait with glass of champagne, 1919

Frida Kahlo:
The broken column (Self-portrait), 1944

Francis Bacon:
Self-portrait, 1971

Jean-Michelle Basquiat:
Self-portrait, 1982

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REMBRANDT VAN RIJN
“Self-portrait”, 1659



oil on canvas, 52.7- 42.7 cm., Edinburgh , National Gallery of Scotland (on loan from a private collection)

Rembrandt: self-portrait

Rembrandt is the great master of the Dutch painting, and along with Velázquez the most important painter of the 17th century. He is also the great master of the self-portrait of all time: Rembrandt painted himself in more than fifty canvases and drawings, giving us not only an exceptional testimony of his matchless talent as a portrayer, but also a fascinating “painted autobiography”. The artist depicted himself young and old, laughing and shouting, surprised and quiet. This canvas, painted when the artist was over 50 years old, is arguably the best self-portrait ever created, a honest, sincere and ruthless portrait of an artist who had never shown mercy to himself

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