Portraits + self-portraits


Sofonisba Anguissola, Self-Portrait at the Easel, 1556, oil on canvas, 66 x 57 cm (Łańcut Castle)
Female painters were rare in sixteenth-century Italy. In self-portraits, Sofonisba made sure to appear virtuous.

Sofonisba Anguissola







Judith Leyster, Self-Portrait, detail
Professional female artists were few in the Dutch Republic. Here, Leyster cultivates confidence in her abilities.

Judith Leyster, Self-Portrait





Portrait Head of Queen Tiye with a Crown of Two Feathers, c. 1355 B.C.E., Amarna Period, Dynasty 18, New Kingdom, Egypt, yew wood, lapis lazuli, silver, gold, faience, 22.5 cm high (Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection at the Neues Museum, Berlin)
Tiye was a powerful figure, but her royal life was complicated, as demonstrated through this changing statue.

Portrait Head of Queen Tiye









August Sander, Secretary at a Radio Station, Cologne (detail)
Sander documented German people from all walks of life, but the goals of his project remain unclear.

August Sander, Portraits



Portrait of Sin Sukju, second half of the 15th century, hanging scroll, ink and color on silk, 167 x 109.5 cm, Goryeong Sin Family Collection, Cheongwon, Treasure no. 613.
Sin Sukju’s attire and posture may be formulaic, but the face is definitely his—wrinkles and all.

Portrait of Sin Sukju