17th century

17th century

17th century 'selfies' show at Dutch museum

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These days, anybody with a smart phone can snap a selfie in a split second. Now the modern obsession has inspired a new exhibition in the Netherlands. Back in the Dutch Golden Age, they were called self-portraits and were the preserve of highly trained artists who thought long and hard about every aspect of the painting. The Mauritshuis museum in The Hague is staging an exhibition focusing solely on these 17th century self-portraits, highlighting the similarities and the differences between modern-day snapshots and historic works of art.