Portrait of the Artist – Art critic Laura Cumming tracks the evolution of the self-portrait across nearly six centuries, taking in work by Dürer, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Warhol. Along the way she explores the real lives behind great self-portraits and how their mirror gaze has, in turn, changed the way we look at ourselves.
Laura explores the work of leading artists whose self-portraits not only defined the genre but helped change how artists saw themselves and their role in the world.
She also investigates the variety of inspiration behind self-portraiture, discovering paintings that have been created to proclaim an artist’s genius, to communicate with family after they’ve died, and to exorcise evil spirits
Producer: BBC Productions
TX: Autumn 2010 / Winter 2011
Source: BBC Press Office