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The Rijksmuseum is exhibiting ninety drawings, prints and photographs spanning a period from the seventeenth century to the twentieth to tell the story of the ‘selfie’ on paper. Virtually every artist in the past looked in a mirror and captured his or her image for posterity – just as we do now. Self-portraits by such artists as Rembrandt, Moses ter Borch, Leendert van der Cooghen, Wouter Johannes van Troostwijk, Käthe Kollwitz, Jan Toorop, Oskar Kokoschka and Carel Willink can be found in the print rooms on every floor of the museum. There is one model who is always available, never complains of aching feet, doesn’t harp on about more pay and is prepared to adopt every conceivable pose and facial expression – the artist himself. But the reasons why artists recorded themselves were very different over the course of the centuries. Self-portraits made in the seventeenth century are sometimes hard to distingu

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