Narcissus, circa 1597, 99, Caravaggio.

Media: oil paint.

Period: Baroque.

This painting portrays the story of Narcissus, a handsome

young boy, as told by Ovid, the poet. The story comes from

Greco-Roman mythology and tells of the young boy falling in

love with his own reflection.

In 2003, the company Sony Ericsson introduce a new cellphone with a front-facing camera allowing taking self-portrait photograph or video while looking at the display of the device.

Front-facing cameras are therefore an important development for videotelephony and the taking of selfies.



A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.


Early 21st century: from self + -ie.