|Pablo Picasso Self-portrait, 1896, age fifteen.|
|Filippino Lippi Self-portrait, |
ca. 1475-85, age ca. eighteen.
|Sandro Botticelli, Self-portrait, ca. 1460s, |
(date uncertain, but obviously painted during his teen years).
Quite possibly the oldest surviving teenage self-portrait.
|George Frederic Watts, |
1834, age seventeen.
|Raphael de Sanzio, Self-portrait, 1499, age sixteen (he barely looks thirteen).|
|Georgia O'Keefe, yearbook photo,|
1907, age nineteen.
|Dante Rossetti Self-portrait, 1847, age nineteen|
|Cartoon of a Hunter and His |
Dog in a Boat, 1858
Oscar Monet, age eighteen.
And for those prone to wonder "what this world is coming to," as Sonny and Cher proclaimed a generation ago, "The Beat Goes On." Teenage art prodigies still tackle their own likenesses, though they may no longer do so in paint, or even using art materials we old fogies used to refer to as "suitable for framing." Quite often today, their choice medium is pixels, not pigments. They look upon their desktops, decked out with a Wacom tablet, running Corel, Adobe, Serif, or Xara, augmented by images from their painterly 4-G devices as no less viable than the cumbersome pointy things used by the teenaged, mutant, Ninja artists of the past.
|Jenny Halen Self-portrait, 2012--digital painting.|