Artists in the Frame: Self-Portraits by Van Dyck and Others

Manchester Art Gallery

21 May – 31 August 2015

From Van Dyck to Grayson Perry, the exhibition follows three centuries of self-expression in art.

Van Dyck tour venues

  • Turner Contemporary, Margate

    24 January - 10 May 2015

  • Manchester Art Gallery

    21 May - 31 August 2015

  • National Portrait Gallery, London

    4 September 2015 - 3 January 2016

  • Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

    12 January - 24 April 2016
  • Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

    Summer 2016
  • National Portrait Gallery, London, Autumn/Winter 2016

  • Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

    Spring 2017
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

    Summer 2017
  • National Portrait Gallery, London

    Autumn/Winter 2017

At the heart of the display is Van Dyck’s magnificent self-portrait, acquired by the National Portrait Gallery last year after a joint public fundraising appeal with the Art Fund that sought to stop its export to America. Part of the Art Fund grant is being used to support a tour of the painting, which has also previously been shown in Margate. One of just three the artist completed in Britain, it is also his final self portrait; he died within a year of its completion. Here it is used to trigger an exploration of artistic self-expression over 300 years.

Also featured are self-portraits by the likes of William Hogarth, Angelica Kauffman, Wyndham Lewis, Sarah Lucas, Julian Opie and Grayson Perry. The exhibition addresses the reasons why an artist would choose to turn their gaze inward and the devices – such as dress, pose, setting, props and framing – they use to represent themselves.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm (Thu until 9pm) Closed 24, 25 Dec, Good Friday

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