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Greenlit: Portrait of the Artist, BBC4

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

Channel: BBC4

Producer: BBC Productions

TX: Autumn 2010 / Winter 2011

Source: BBC Press Office


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