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This richly diverse exploration of female artists and self portraits is a brilliant and poignant demonstration of originality in works of haunting variety The two earliest self portraits come from 12th century illuminated manuscripts in which nuns gaze at us across eight centuries In 16th century Italy Sofonisba Anguissola paints one of the longest series of self portraits spanning adolescence to old age In 17th century Holland Judith Leyster shows herself at the easel as a relaxed self assured professional In the 18th century artists from Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun to Angelica Kauffman express both passion for their craft and the idea of femininity and in the 19th the salons and art schools at last open their doors to a host of talented women artists including Berthe Morisot ushering in a new and resonant self confidence The modern period demolishes taboos Alice Neel painting herself nude at eighty Frida Kahlo rendering physical pain Cindy Sherman exploring identity Marlene Dumas dispensing with all boundaries The full verve of Frances Borzello s enthralling text and the hypnotic intensity of the accompanying self portraits is revealed to the full in this inspiring bookTable of Contents1 In the Beginning The Sixteenth Century 2 The New Self Confidence The Seventeenth Century 3 Professionals and Amateurs The Eighteenth Century 4 The Opening Door The Nineteenth Century 5 Breaking Taboos The Twentieth Century 6 Feminism and After Towards the ContemporaryThis richly diverse exploration of female artists and self portraits is a brilliant and poignant demonstration of originality in works of haunting variety The two earliest self portraits come from 12th century illuminated manuscripts in which nuns gaze at us across eight centuries In 16th century Italy Sofonisba Anguissola paints one of the longest series of self portraits spanning adolescence to old age In 17th century Holland Judith Leyster shows herself at the easel as a relaxed self assured professional In the 18th century artists from Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun to Angelica Kauffman express both passion for their craft and the idea of femininity and in the 19th the salons and art schools at last open their doors to a host of talented women artists including Berthe Morisot ushering in a new and resonant self confidence The modern period demolishes taboos Alice Neel painting herself nude at eighty Frida Kahlo rendering physical pain Cindy Sherman exploring identity Marlene Dumas dispensing with all boundaries The full verve of Frances Borzello s enthralling text and the hypnotic intensity of the accompanying self portraits is revealed to the full in this inspiring bookTable of Contents1 In the Beginning The Sixteenth Century 2 The New Self Confidence The Seventeenth Century 3 Professionals and Amateurs The Eighteenth Century 4 The Opening Door The Nineteenth Century 5 Breaking Taboos The Twentieth Century 6 Feminism and After Towards the ContemporaryThis richly diverse exploration of female artists and self portraits is a brilliant and poignant demonstration of originality in works of haunting variety The two earliest self portraits come from 12th century illuminated manuscripts in which nuns gaze at us across eight centuries In 16th century Italy Sofonisba Anguissola paints one of the longest series of self portraits spanning adolescence to old age In 17th century Holland Judith Leyster shows herself at the easel as a relaxed self assured professional In the 18th century artists from Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun to Angelica Kauffman express both passion for their craft and the idea of femininity and in the 19th the salons and art schools at last open their doors to a host of talented women artists including Berthe Morisot ushering in a new and resonant self confidence The modern period demolishes taboos Alice Neel painting herself nude at eighty Frida Kahlo rendering physical pain Cindy Sherman exploring identity Marlene Dumas dispensing with all boundaries The full verve of Frances Borzello s enthralling text and the hypnotic intensity of the accompanying self portraits is revealed to the full in this inspiring bookTable of Contents1 In the Beginning The Sixteenth Century 2 The New Self Confidence The Seventeenth Century 3 Professionals and Amateurs The Eighteenth Century 4 The Opening Door The Nineteenth Century 5 Breaking Taboos The Twentieth Century 6 Feminism and After Towards the Contemporary


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  1. says:

    A fascinating read I bought this as a gift but ended up keeping it for myself as I couldn’t put it down Brilliant reading especially for women in the arts