For centuries, women’s self-portraiture was a highly overlooked genre. This chronicles the whole story of female self portraiture through the centuries.
From the the self-portraits of nuns in medieval illuminated manuscripts; Sofonisba Anguissola in 16th century Italy painting one of the longest series of self-portraits, from adolescence to old age; the 17th century Judith Leyster in Holland showing herself at the easel as a relaxed, self-assured professional; 18th century artists expressing passion for their craft and femininity; 19th century art schools opening their doors to women including Berthe Morisot; the modern period demolishing taboos, including Alice Need painting herself nude at 80 years old.
This gives this richly diverse range of artists and portraits, spanning centuries, the critical analysis they deserve.
- Author: Frances Borzello
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication date: May 2016