Trivium Art HistoryAngelica Kauffmann

Self Portrait

Self Portrait, 1775 — Angelica Kauffmann,
73.7 cm61 cm

In this self portrait, Kauffmann holds a portfolio and 'porte-crayon', containing her charcoal. She wears an imaginary, 'classical' garment which refers to her place in a lineage of artists. By distancing herself from society and fashion, and depicting herself with the tools of her trade, she makes claims for her principle identity as artist rather than woman.

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