The Self Portrait

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The Self Portrait:

The Self Portrait Since the fifteenth century and the advent of the mirror artists have modeled for themselves in their own works of art. Whether it is an in-depth exploration of the artist’s own psyche or simply because as a model, the artist is clearly the cheapest and most available. Whatever the reason, nearly every artist, in every medium from painters to sculptors have attempted this exploration of self.

Leading up to the Renaissance:

Leading up to the Renaissance Duccio, Maesto Madonna (1308-11) What do you notice about the painting? The space, the figures, the subject matter?

Early Renaissance:

Early Renaissance Masaccio,Tribute Money, Brancacci Chapel of Santa Maria della Carmine (1426-28) What has changed from the last painting from the 1300's? The space, the figures, the subject matter?

The High Renaissance:

The High Renaissance Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin, Child, and St. Anne, (1510) And now what do you notice?

The Birth of Secularism & Science:

The Birth of Secularism & Science Raphael Santi, The School of Athens (1509-10) Where are we now?

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Age 22 (1493) Age 26 (1498) at 28 (1500) The Self Portrait as a Projection of Self Albrecht Durer

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Rembrandt (early 1600's) The Self Portrait as a Self Study

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Marie-Denise Villers (late 1700-early 1800) Neoclassicism Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) Impressionism What happened between these two artists that created a radical change in painting? The Self Portrait as a Fantasy

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Expressionism, Surrealism, Cubism, Whateverism Salvador Dali (1904-89) Pablo Picasso The Self Portrait as Expressive Narrative Marc Chagall

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Which leads us to... Chuck Close 1968 1997


So... What is the style of your generation? Tim Hawkinson (American, 1960-), Balloon Self-Portrait , 2004

Frida Kahlo:

Frida Kahlo What do Frida's clothes say to you? What about the image on her forehead? What do the lines coming from her forehead remind you of?

Paul Gauguin:

Paul Gauguin What does the artist reveal about himself in this painting? What else do you see? What do you think is in his hand? What is above his head? What objects are in the background? What kinds of stories can you create about these objects? What words does the color red make you think of? How about yellow?

Andy Warhol:

Andy Warhol What is on the artists face? What can you tell about the artists from his hair and face? Look at what Andy Warhol reveals about himself in this portrait. How does it compare to the other two artists we looked at?

Student Work:

Student Work Look carefully at the following three student self portraits: How are they different from each other? In what ways are they the same?

Self Portraits:

Self Portraits Show how the artist looks to themselves Show the artists style within the context of their era and culture Reveal something about the artist Through symbols and images Describes personality, interests, or things that are just plain important to the artist


ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS How do I use my knowledge, skills and terms to create visual art? How do I use the principals of design to create visual art? How do I use my personal experiences to create art? How do I experience visual art as a viewer? How does visual art relate to me, to others and the world? What do I think and feel when I respond to visual art? What is the message in a work of visual art? How do artists create mood or feelings visually? Check out:

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