Exploration of the Self Artists and their Self-Portraits The First Self-Portraits… Are believed to be found in Egyptian Sculptures They were a “signature” – hidden within a work of art created for a different purpose. Like a religious scene or a portrait for someone else
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Artists and their Self-Portraits
Jan van Eyck, the artist who painted it, is hidden in this painting (though we can’t see him!)
He has put a self-portrait of himself in the mirror behind the couple
His inscription above the mirror reads "Johannes de eyck fuit hic" or "Jan van Eyck was here."
This is a SIGNATURE self-portraitThe Wedding Portrait, 1434
This kind of self-portrait is traced back to Northern Europe
Durer seemed fascinated by his own image
The self-portraits did not explore his inner self
Instead they focused on what he looked like, his rising social status, promoting himself to othersThe Self-Portrait as a Projection of Self