The Art of the Self Portrait and the Artists Behind Them

may, 2019

03may5:30 pm7:00 pmFeaturedThe Art of the Self Portrait and the Artists Behind Them5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Washington Art Association & Gallery, 4 Bryan Plaza

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Why did Jan van Eyck turn a looking glass on himself in 1433 and paint what he saw: a man in a red chaperon? What would make Jenny Saville, in 1992, make a painting of herself in the nude, exaggerated and grotesquely obese?  And who paid $12.4 million to own it last year?  Since at least the Renaissance, artists have employed the genre of self portraiture to varying effect. We will look at a short history of portraiture beginning in ancient Egypt, then turn to some notable artists who depicted themselves (and their sometimes not-so-innocent motives in doing so).


(Friday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Washington Art Association & Gallery

4 Bryan Plaza