History of the Self Portrait and the Selfie

THE MONEY CHANGER

Quentin Massys · The Money Changer and His Wife · 1514 · Louvre · Paris

Quentin Massys  ·  The Money Changer and His Wife  ·  1514  ·  Louvre  ·  Paris

Husband and wife portrayed in a close symmetry. Behind them some objects of everyday life and cult: an extinguished candle, an apple, a jug of water and a rosary. In the backgrond, a young man and an old warner with a raised finger. A moralistic and austere work, where the symbols of worldly wealth are surrounded by those of faith. Among all, the nearest object to the wiever is a convex mirror. Eighty years later the famous mirror of Van Eyck’s Arnolfini, here’s another one to reflect the reverse shot of the scene: this is not just a tribute to the great master of the Primitive Flemish, but it is an hidden self-portrait. The figure that appears in the mirror, usually attributed to that of an anonymous customer, looks like that of the author of the painting. You can ascertain considering the many portraits dedicated to him, after his death. In the same way of Van Eyck, his ideal teacher, perhaps even Massys survives secluded in a mirror. Two asteroids are named after them. © Graziano Spinosi
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Quentin Massys · Self Portrait · 1514 · Louvre · Paris

Quentin Massys  ·  Self Portrait  ·  1514  ·  Louvre  ·  Paris

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