1 — Vincent van Gogh — Self-Portrait With a Bandaged Ear, 1889. Oil on canvas. 60.5 cm (23.8 in) x 50 cm (19.6 in).

What is a Self Portrait

Regia Marinho
3 min readAug 17, 2021

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A self-portrait is a portrait of oneself done by oneself.

It refers to a painting that shows the artist that produced it.

Self-portraits are a way of revealing something about oneself. ~Eric Kandel

Self-portraiture, whether it was produced in the medium of painting, drawing, or photography… It has its own distinct genre of art, like that of the landscape or the still life. It is done in various art techniques.

Here presenting 7 self-portraits by famous people.

2 — Paul Cézanne, self-portrait, watercolor 1896.

Paul Cézanne, self-portrait, watercolor 1896

3 — Leonardo da Vinci, Self-portrait, c. 1512 to 1515.

Leonardo da Vinci, Self-portrait, c. 1512 to 1515.

4 — Giuseppe Arcimboldo, self portrait, c. 1577.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo, self portrait, c. 1577.

5 — Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-portrait, pen and brush and ink on paper, c. 1628–1629.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-portrait, pen and brush and ink on paper, c. 1628–1629.

6 — Francisco de Goya, self portrait, print, 1795

Francisco de Goya, self portrait, print, 1795

7 — Castro Alves, a self-portrait. Castro Alves was a Brazilian poet and playwright, famous for his abolitionist and republican poems.

Castro Alves. Self-portrait. Graphite, 13,5 x 7,5

Are self-portraits sexy? For artists, self-portrait artwork represents the whole artist. It’s how he sees himself, what he’s feeling, and how he wants to be seen by others. It can be his soul expression.

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Regia Marinho

I write about ideas, technology, the future and inspire the world through art. Artist. Civil engineer. https://regiaart.com