The self portrait a cultural history james hall on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers hall provides a lively cultural interpretation of the genre from the middle ages to today rather than provide a series of greatest hits. The idea of history traced through self portraits really intrigued my interest in both history and art history by using self portraits and the lack of self portraits it is able to capture how the artist is perceived within society as well as how the artist themselves view what they are doing and the purposes for their art. The self portrait a cultural history by james hall review the self portrait invites the viewer to meet the gaze of its creator making it the most compelling of all artistic genres 4. The self portrait a cultural history review there is never a dull passage in james halls revelatory study of the way in which artists whether out of salvation self scrutiny or vanity . James halls the self portrait a cultural history london thames hudson ltd 2014 takes a really interesting look at self portraiture artists depicting themselves as a cultural phenomenon the book considers when the genre began how it evolved and how it related to the ideas and trends of each era
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