Our last order date is 12 December 2021 for your gifts to arrive in time for Christmas. Every purchase supports the RA.

The RA Shop online is now open, and you can shop an edit of our collections at the RA Shops at Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, with a free ticket.

We are currently doing some behind the scenes improvement . There will be a 7-10 day delay on deliveries from 7 August. Thank you for your patience.

For more information on our shops and services and how we are keeping our visitors and staff safe, please click here

500 Self Portraits

This compelling collection of self-portraits from throughout recorded history, has been revised to include captivating contemporary works. Originally published more than 80 years ago, this new edition for 2018 presents a selection of powerfully evocative works by many of the world's greatest artists - from Dürer and Rembrandt to Marina Abramović, David Hockney, and Cindy Sherman - working in painting, photography, sculpture, and performance.

- +
Add to gift list
£16.00
In stock

More details

Dimensions 19.4 x 5.4 x 14cm
Fabric & material Hardback
SKU 02087536

Delivery & returns information

Service Update (updated 19 March 2020)

We want to make sure your order reaches you as safely as possible. Therefore, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, all orders will be dispatched once the RA has reopened. We will be in touch once the RA has reopened and once your order has been dispatched. 

During this period our Returns Policy will be extended. For any order queries, please Contact Us

Free UK delivery on orders £50 and over

International delivery is based on weight and delivery country, and will be calculated at Checkout

Our small team are working as quickly and safely as possible to prepare and send online orders.

Our last order date is 12 December 2021 for your gifts to arrive in time for Christmas. For more information on delivery times and terms, please click here.

Enjoy free shipping on orders above £50. £5.95 P&P for orders below £50. International delivery will be calculated at Checkout. We have temporarily stopped shipping to EEA countries. 

Updated 19 May 2020

We are delivering! Enjoy free shipping on orders above £50. £5.95 P&P for orders below £50. International delivery will be calculated at Checkout. The Royal Academy is temporarily closed, Collection is not available at this time.

For any questions talk to us

Product story

Featuring essays by Julian Bell and Liz Rideal, this is both a useful resource and a thoughtful celebration of a much-loved art form.

"This newly published edition curates a collection of chronologically ordered self-portraits that explore and express the many ways in which artists have found to represent themselves throughout the years... Perfect for both the art-obsessed and the selfie-obsessed, incorporating, a variety of artistic techniques, profound imagery and modern culture into one book, encapsulating the reader in a wonderful journey throughout the ages about, what we now refer to as, the selfie."—CentMagazine.co.uk

Hardback published by Phaidon
588 pages.

Reviews