The Best Selfie Of The Month

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Centuries from now, when anthropologists and historians examine the cultural imagery bequeathed by the early 21st century, they’ll be struck by the ubiquity of the digital self-portrait. “Selfie” was the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year for 2013. Ellen Degeneres’ much-shared Oscar-night photo, the Last Supper of selfies, is the most retweeted message in the history of Twitter — a title that cements the selfie’s stature in technocultural discourse even though it may baffle those future scholars. And Ellen’s moment of self-aware exaltation has left the chattering classes pondering just what her selfie told us about ourselves as a culture.

Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas, pictured above, isn’t quite your typical self-portrait, but the overlapping perspectives and positions of the subjects make this work a favorite amongst art historians
Diego Velázquez’s “Las Meninas,” above, isn’t quite your typical self-portrait, but the overlapping perspectives and positions of the subjects make this work a favorite among art historians.
Our love affair with the selfie keeps on growing. We take them by the millions, everywhere from the gym to our grandmother’s funeral. “Every major social media site is overflowing with millions of them,” notes Jenna Wortham, technology reporter for The New York Times. “Everyone from the pope to the Obama girls has been spotted in one,” although not together — yet. With the White House furious over a Samsung-sponsored selfie of the president and Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, His holiness may have to wait.

Self-portraiture is obviously far from a modern invention. James Hall’s brilliant book “The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History” traces the evolution and aesthetic development of the form, from Flemish painter Jan van Eyck to Diego Velázquez’s renowned “Las Meninas” to the works of Frida Kahlo, only to find — in the words of English artist Lawrence Gowing — that “the painter’s opinion of himself is a part of his equipment. He needs his conceit, as an opera singer does. Pride and a certain exultation nourish any physical skill.”

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