The self-portraits of the Uffizi Galleries can be considered an "author's selfie" ante litteram.
Among all is the gorgeous self-portrait by Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo.
The painter portrays himself in full length in front of a wall of books with a long beard and hands in his pockets. No frills in his look. No tie or bow tie. On the background is a disquieting detail: a skull, which seems to foresee the tragic fate of the artist who committed suicide.
Giuseppe Pellizza is the author of the Fourth Estate, a painting executed in 1901 and preserved in the Museum of the 20th Century in Milan, which became a revolutionary manifesto of non armed struggle.
The work depicts a group of workers on a peaceful protest march.
A tribute on the occasion of the International Workers Day on 1st May.