William Shakespeare, the poet and playwright, started his career as an “upstart crow” but ended it 25 years later having produced a body of work so cosmic in its scope that his legacy will last forever.
Some say mischievously that Rembrandt ‘invented’ the selfie because of his prolific output of self-portraits. In addition to a huge and varied oeuvre, the painter chronicled his life in the 17th century Dutch Republic through a series of nearly 100 self-portraits. Flicking through them, chronologically, is like watching a time-lapse video of the aging and changing process. It shows that, despite the many and various reversals he suffered, Rembrandt was true to a lifelong artistic vision.