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J. J. Grandville, Gulliver's Travels: The Struldbruggs


These commentaries examine aging in in literature and art and trace self-portraiture in well-known artists.


Gulliver's Travels: The Struldbruggs

J. J. Grandville

Jonathan Swift's satire on "living forever"
March 2005


Willem de Kooning

Aging and Alzheimer's disease
April 2005

Into the World There Came a Soul Called Ida

Ivan Albright

The portrait image ages while the subject remains narcissistically young/homosexuality
July 2009


Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn

Series of self-portraits leading to humility in old age
February 2013

Self-portrait With Red Spot

Helene Schjerfbeck

Brutally honest portraits of aging
March 2013

Self-portrait Between Clock and Bed

Edvard Munch

Waiting for death at end of a full life
April 2013

Reflection (Self-Portrait)

Lucian Freud

Series of self-portraits of aging
May 2013