May 19, 1980 12:00 PM

edited by Joan Kinneir

An artist’s self-portrait offers remarkable insights. The reproductions run, as the subtitle explains, “From Youth to Old Age,” beginning with Dürer at 12 or 13 in beautifully shaded silverpoint and ending with an ink drawing of Hokusai at 82. In between, in every style except the totally abstract, are 68 more portraits, including Raphael (an angel face at 16), Hockney (bespectacled, intense, in his teens), Beardsley (hollow-jawed and elegant), Van Gogh (bewhiskered and frowning), Klee (grotesque), Ingres (soulful and tender), da Vinci (ancient, bearded and wise), Edward Lear (as a puffed-up old bird) and Claes Oldenburg (a clown with an ice bag on his head). The text, mostly from letters written by the subjects, is delightfully revealing, too. (St. Martin’s, $19.95)

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