Eye to I: Self Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery

Elaine de Kooning Self-Portrait. Oil on Masonite (1946). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

The term “self-conscious” takes on a particular meaning in the era of social media, with millions of off-the-cuff selfies posted every day. The 60 indelible self-portraits in this exhibition show us that to paint or draw ones self-portrait requires self-consciousness of quite a different sort. […]

Who was Everhard Jabach?

He’s such an obscure figure today that he doesn’t even warrant a Wikipedia entry — but he must have been Somebody, to have been the subject of this outsized painting by Charles LeBrun, court painter to King Louis XIV.  In 2014, at the time of its acquisition, Thomas P. Campbell, then-Director of the Metropolitan Museum of […]