About the book
The authors select self-portraits by a range of European and American painters up to the present day to narrate the stylistic development of women’s self-representation in those parts of the world. The story of the self-portrait offers fascinating insights which deepen our understanding of these artists’ working lives, priorities and preoccupations. With its chronological sweep, its lavish illustrations, including many works which have not been reproduced in print before, and its extensive bibliography, this book is an indispensable guide to a fascinating subject.
Winner of the Award for Scholarly Excellence in scholarly Research and Publication By SECAC (Southeastern College Art Association) October 2005.
"Cheney, Faxon and Russo are particularly adept at contextualizing the works of their respective eras, noting differences in style, modes of representation, and ways in which each time period reflects what the painting says about the artist."
–Suzanne M Donahue "Making Faces," Nineteenth Century Studies
"Informative and intriguing...it should be of value to readers of a variety if disciplinary and critical persuasions.... It usefully contributes to the literature on self-portraiture and on women's history, and serves as an example of feminist contributions to the study of art."
–Flo Leibowitz "'Images' of the Female and the Self," Hypatia vol. 18, no. 4 (Fall//winter 2003)