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Ego: The Strange and Wonderful World of Self-Portraits, BBC Four | reviews, news & interviews

Ego: The Strange and Wonderful World of Self-Portraits, BBC Four

Ego: The Strange and Wonderful World of Self-Portraits, BBC Four

A persuasive take on the unique art of an often neglected and dismissed genre

Laura Cumming presents 'an intelligent, probing and charming visual essay on a unique genre'

Albrecht Dürer painted himself as Jesus (pictured below). Luckily, he was blessed with the looks, the hair and the initials – echoing the geometry of his golden locks the A straddles the D in his inscribed paintings. And when this German messiah of painting died, his beguiling 1500 self-portrait – one of the most hypnotic ever painted in the history of Western art – was carried through the streets of Nuremburg, his birthplace: celebrated during his life, upon his death Dürer became a cult. A lock of that famous hair is kept at the Vienna Academy.

The self-portrait is quite unlike any other form of art, for it reveals the most intimate truths

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