Liana De Girolami Cheney, Alicia Craig Faxon, Kathleen Russo
New Academia Publishing, 2009
296 Pages, 133 Illustrations
ISBN 9780982386736 Paperback

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Winner of the Award for Scholarly Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication By SECAC Southeastern College Art Association October 2005

About the Author

Liana De Girolami is Professor of Art History, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and author of fourteen book, including Botticelli’s Neoplatonic Images, Readings in Italian Mannerism and The Symbolism of Vanitas in the Arts.

Alicia Craig Faxon is Professor of Art History, Simmons College (Emerita), and author of seven books, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and writer for Art New England and Woman’s Art Journal.

Kathleen Russo is Professor of Art History, Florida Atlantic University, and author of articles on eighteenth-century architects and artists, including Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun and Rosalba Carriera.

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)