The National Gallery is collaborating with the London Film School on 'Transcriptions: LFS Shorts', an innovative new project which involves second term students producing short 3-4 minute films inspired by the Gallery’s collection as part of their course.

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From the film-maker:


I found this painting unusual for what I felt was a peculiarly modern interpretation of the roles of the self and the other - something which is not readily apparent in other works in the gallery.

Compared to Murillo’s images of religious figures and of contemporaneous street life, Self Portrait shows an interesting reflexivity regarding the place of painter, model and audience within the finished product. An emotionally distant urge to leave imprints on an uncontrollable and transitory world is also evident in the painting and this informed the subject matter of my film. I think Murillo invites the audience not only to observe ‘art’, but to also observe themselves and their response to it. And this is important in any visual discipline: if we have no recognisable stake in our interpretation of an image, of what value is it - except as a vacuous reminder of all that is not ours?


Daniel Chaytor


A piece inspired by Self Portrait, Bartolemé Murillo, probably 1670-3

Me and How I Got Here
MovieMe and How I Got Here
Alexandru Grigoras
The Beginning Is Nigh
MovieThe Beginning Is Nigh
Rupert Van Den Broek
And the Kid
MovieAnd the Kid
Zaklin Lentzou
The Traveller
MovieThe Traveller
Welf Lindner
The Shadow
MovieThe Shadow
Joanna Bence
Selves Portrait
MovieSelves Portrait
Daniel Chaytor
Alexandra McGuiness
Connie Pui Kwan Wong
Not in July
MovieNot in July
Mónica Bravo
A Portrait of you
MovieA Portrait of you
Pierre-Alain Giraud
A Ruthless Canvas
MovieA Ruthless Canvas
Javier Correa