The artist looks down on you.

by Self-Portrait of the Artist


Possibly my favourite self-portrait, this is one of only three characters in Sandro Botticelli‘s The Adoration of the Magi (1475 ca.) staring “at the camera”.

It has long been identified as the artist himself. His expression is formidable as he looks down on the viewers, including his commissioners, with an ever so imperceptibly pursed lip and raised eyebrow.