By examining a self portrait, you get to know the artist. You stand face to face with a painter whose probing eyes look at you with the same intensity used for the self-study in the mirror. Many Dutch painters of the seventeenth century made self-portrairs, more so than in any other country. How did they present themselves? How did they use their self-portraits to show off their talents? For whom were these paintings made? The answers to these and other questions can be found in this richly illustrated book.