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Get a selfie stick.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art confirms: The selfie really is a form of art

Kate Groetzinger
By Kate Groetzinger

Ideas fellow

If it’s good enough for Goya, it’s good enough for you.

Before camera phones were ubiquitous, there was another name for a selfie—a “self portrait”. As the so-titled works by Goya, Gordon Coster, Anthony van Dyck and Edgar Degas below show, sometimes you are your own best subject. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has compiled a droll selection of old-fashioned “selfies” from its collection in honor of international #museumselfie day, a hashtag campaign today that encourages museum-goers to incorporate themselves as subjects in pictures with the art.

See the entire catalog here and a few of our favorites below.

Image by Phil Roeder on Flickr.

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