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Artists' Self-Portraits from the Uffizi - Dulwich Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A SELECTION of self-portraits, usually housed in a private wing of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and therefore inaccessible to the public, are on display in Britain for the first time at the Dulwich Picture Gallery – from May 22 to July 15, 2007.

The exhibition, entitled Artists’ Self-Portraits from the Uffizi: Masterpieces from Velazquez to Chagall, introduces artists as they saw themselves and includes works by Filippino Lippi, Velazquez, Tintoretto, Guido Reni, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Giovanni Fattori, James Ensor, Marc Chagall, Pietro Annigoni and many more.

In his self-portrait, Johann Zoffany reminds us that ‘life is short but art is long-lasting’ (ars longa, vita brevis). Now, these artists whose work has afforded them long-lasting ‘fame’, can now also be remembered by their appearance.

The Uffizi collection, begun under Cardinal Leopoldo de’ Medici, is unique and artists consider it a privilege to be a part of it.

Venue: Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich, SE21 7AD.

Times: Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm; weekends and bank holidays, 11am to 5pm.

Tickets: £8 plus concessions.

For more information call 020 8693 5254 or visit the website.