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#museumselfie day: Seven artists' self-portraits

Europeana Foundation

Today is #MuseumSelfie day, where museum-goers are encouraged to have fun by taking selfies in museums.

But museums have been home to another kind of selfie for many years: the self-portrait. We've selected seven self-portrait paintings to get a sense of the ways in which artists have portrayed themselves through time.

From Albrecht Dürer, an artist aware of his public image and reputation, to Paula Modersohn-Becker, the first female artist to paint a nude self-portrait, these artists show thoughts and feelings about themselves, their art and the societies in which they live and work.

painting of woman naked from waist upwards wearing orange necklace Self-portrait 6 wedding anniversary, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen CC BY-NC-SA

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