Self-portraiture from Dürer to Schiele at the Kunsthistorisches Museum and at the Leopold Museum
This guided lecture-tour will be devoted to self-portraiture, a genre almost completely absent in Antiquity, whose origins, arguably, lie in the Middle Ages. It was during the Renaissance, though, that a fashion for artists’ self-portraits was developed. We will consider some of the great masterpieces – by Dürer, Parmigianino, Rubens, Rembrandt, etc. – at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in view of ideas that characterize the birth of modernity (the rise of the individual, the cult of the artistic genius, etc.). We will then move to the problem of modern self-portraiture, especially as developed in the works by Oskar Kokoschka and in particular Egon Schiele at the nearby Leopold Museum. Modern self-portraiture will be analyzed in the context of fin-de-siècle culture.
Note: Please, note that the Kunsthistorisches Museum is closed on Mondays, while the Leopold is closed on Tuesdays.