Self-portraits rarely fail to compel, but to what extent are they a true form of self-examination? James Hall maps the history of self-portraiture, from the earliest myths of Narcissus to the prolific self-image-making of contemporary artists. Rembrandt's self-portraits are the highlight of a major exhibition of the artist's work at The National Gallery. Its curator Betsy Wieseman discusses what these paintings can tell us about the artist. Poetry and memoir are the tools of John Burnside's self-exploration. A previous TS Eliot prize winner, he discusses his latest collection 'All One Breath' for which he has been nominated again this year. The musician Richard Tognetti argues that 'the self' can still shine through in interpretations of great classical works.
Producer: Fiona Woods.
Richard Tognetti is Artistic Director and Leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Richard is in the UK directing the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment who are touring England from 18-25 November.
|Interviewed Guest||James Hall|
|Interviewed Guest||Betsy Wieseman|
|Interviewed Guest||John Burnside|
|Interviewed Guest||Richard Tognetti|