Peter Conrad’s review in The Guardian yesterday of Jame Hall’s book The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History begins in the middle ages . . .
The images James Hall discusses in his enthralling book are therefore exercises in self-appraisal, not self-celebrations like the happy snaps on Facebook. Unusually, Hall’s history begins in the middle ages, because for him self-portraiture emerges as a reflex of Christian conscience, a homage to Christ’s imprinting of his agonised face on the Turin shroud. But the imitation of Christ takes courage, and it usually ends in the artist’s self-castigation.
Think so? It’s opinion, but it’s an interesting thought.