The Long History of Selfie Culture

The Long History of Selfie Culture

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​Does it seem like our current culture is the most self-obsessed to date? It has seemed like that for five centuries. If anything, our current mania over self-obsession wielded by the hand-held black mirrors we carry in our pockets is only the latest in the habitual renegotiation of self-fashioning whose roots were planted in the 16th century. Are we living in the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning? Will this incessant narcissism be our undoing, or lead us to greater self-discovery? Let's explore these conundrums and more in this Olio which reframes modern selfie-culture against the backdrop of Western Art History, beginning in the Italian Renaissance. What issues were at stake when an artist painted themselves in the 17th century, versus how we represent our selves today? Join art historian Theodore Barrow for a dynamic deep dive into the aesthetics of self-fashioning in western painting.