'National Gallery' doc delves into one of England's national treasures

December 30, 2014 1:06 PM

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It was much harder to take a "selfie" in the 16th century than it is today. There were no smart or even dumb phones. Photography didn't yet exist. If you wanted a keepsake image of yourself or a snapshot of your lover, you had to find and commission an artist to paint one. Which meant (among other things) that you had to be rich.

The albums in which a precious few such pictures have been preserved are called museums, and Frederick Wiseman's superb documentary about them is called "National Gallery" - the London one.

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