I am told by the internets that “selfie” has been chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year.
Helpless as I am to swim against the mighty tide of popular culture, I give you a few interesting “selfies” done without benefit of iPhone.
I’ve started with Durer’s remarkable self-portrait at the age of 13 (above, top) along with his Christ-like self-portrait at the height of his powers. I’ve followed up with Rembrandt, both early and later in his career, and included a few more with no particular qualification other than I like them.
As I put this post together, the list quickly grew too large for a single article, so I’ll follow up with more over the next few days.
(Images above: Albrecht Durer (2), Rembrandt van Rijn (2), Elisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun, Vincent van Gogh, Diego Velázquez, Anders Zorn, Cecilia Beaux, Gustave Courbet)