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Spring 2021: Sherrill and Moriarty Library are closed as part of the Lesley University COVID-19 response.  Please visit us online through our library website and via our Ask-A-Librarian service,and see our Remote Services Guide.

Self Portraits

A guide to help incoming students with the self-portraiture assignment.

Museum Resources about Self-Portraiture

Articles on the Self and Self-Portraiture

Here are a several articles to get you thinking about self-portraiture.

Books about Self-Portraiture

Click on the links and enter your zip code to find these books in a library near you.

Browse your Public Library

Art books are probably located in the 700s at your local public library -- that is, the call number on the book spine.

The Arts are divided by medium rather than subject, but here are some useful places to look. If you have trouble, just ask your librarian:

700 Arts General
704 Special topics (including portraits)
709 Historical, areas, persons treatment
730 Sculpture
740 Drawing
743 Drawing & drawings by subject
750 Painting
757 Human figures & their parts
759 Geographical, historical, areas, persons treatment
760 Graphic Arts & Printmaking
770 Photography 

Browse the College Library

College and University libraries use a different system to organize books; it is based on the Library of Congress.  

Art books have call numbers that begin with N and photography books have call numbers that begin with TR.

NB1293-1310 Portrait sculpture
NC1-1940 Drawing.  Design.  Illustration 
NC950-(996)  Illustration 
ND1300-1337  Portraits (paintings)
NE218-(330)  Engraved portraits.  Self-portraits (printmaking)
NK1505-1535 Decorative arts, General works
TR624-835  Applied photography

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