Changing Faces

Inspired by Lesliepaints (and who wouldn’t be), I thought it might be fun to look at some self portraits of artists.  I shall start a new category for this in the future and look at the artists individually.   In the meanwhile, lets get a taste of the ever changing face of the artist by watching this short video.  See how many famous artists you can spot correctly in this wonderful video:)

Video by eggman913


500 Years of Male Self Portraits in Western Art

by Philip Scott Johnson

Artists in order of appearance:
0:08 – Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519
0:15 – Francisco Goya 1746-1828
0:22 – Albrecht Dürer 1471-1528
0:29 – Sir Joshua Reynolds 1723-1792
0:35 – Rembrandt 1606-1669
0:42 – Andy Warhol 1928-1987
0:48 – William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905
0:55 – Henri Matisse 1869-1954
1:02 – Eugène Delacroix 1798-1863
1:09 – Jean-François Millet 1814-1875
1:15 – Jan van Eyck 1395-1441
1:22 – Peter Paul Rubens 1577-1640
1:28 – James McNeill Whistler 1834-1903
1:35 – John Singer Sargent 1856-1925
1:42 – Kazimir Malevich 1878-1935
1:49 – Nicolas Poussin 1594-1665
1:55 – Paul Cézanne 1839-1906
2:02 – Paul Gauguin 1848-1903
2:08 – Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890
2:15 – Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882
2:22 – Diego Velázquez 1599-1660
2:28 – Nicholas Hilliard 1547-1619
2:35 – Anthony van Dyck 1599-1641
2:41 – Titian 1485-1576
2:48 – Paolo Veronese 1528-1588
2:55 – Lucas Cranach the Elder 1472-1553
3:01 – Édouard Manet 1832-1883
3:08 – Pablo Picasso 1881-1973

Music: Bach’s Bouree 1 and 2 from Suite for Solo Cello No. 3, BWV 1009 performed by Antonio Meneses.

Many thanks!  This is a very well put together informative and entertaining video!


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11 thoughts on “Changing Faces

  1. That is an awesome video!!! I love how they switched between portraits and one turned into the next. Got the artists I have studied like Sargeant, Warhol was a give-away, Durer, Gaugin, Van Gogh and picasso. Why no Freud? He would have fit this perfect. Now, Lynda, where were the women? For this to be truly cool, they should have had the women. 🙂 Thank-you for linking to me.
    Have you checked out Ichabod’s blog? These two posts are his and Bouzouki’s self portrait of themselves in writing. I think they are pretty cool! and

  2. Glad you enjoyed it Leslie, I shall look for the womens one (surely there must be one?) I loved the way these faces morphed into each other:) there’s some very clever people around! Read the self portraits too – good:)

  3. Awesome series of self-portraits. Interestingly, very few of the paintings betray much in the way of humor. It would be interesting to see if women present themselves differently?

  4. Great to watch the morphing of the faces; serious faces indeed. Enjoyed that it did not progress in chronological order.

  5. No alluring sexuality discovered on these ‘mugs’. Oh no. No smiles or winks either. They’re a grim looking bunch all around. Now these are self-portraits so they even tell us how the painters viewed themselves. Hm.. okay–life as an artist was not fun. Or was it?

    1. From what I’ve read it was a LOT of fun being an artist (not including the suffering starving ones in garrets of course..) Perhaps these serious self portraits were to promote the ‘importance of these ‘real’ unfrivolous artists:)

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