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Seeing Ourselves : Women's Self-Portraits - Frances Borzello

Seeing Ourselves

Women's Self-Portraits

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2016
ISBN: 9780500239469
Number Of Pages: 272

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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 Vigee-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 a completely revised edition of this inspiring book.

About the Author

Frances Borzello has specialized in the social history of art since obtaining her doctorate at the University of London. Her publications include The Naked Nude, A World of Our Own and Reclining Nude, all published by Thames & Hudson.

Industry Reviews

'Books of this high calibre are few and far between in feminist art history' - Library Journal
'Some books are so beautiful, you tremble to open them ... lucid and unexpectedly compelling ... a fantastic journey' - Observer
'A landmark study' - Daily Telegraph
'Invaluable' - Times Literary Supplement
'Its lucid prose, evocative illustrations and handsome production make it a joy to read and savour' - Times Higher Education

ISBN: 9780500239469
ISBN-10: 0500239460
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st April 2016
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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