The earliest self portrait reported was in 1433, see below.
|Portrait of a Man (Self Portrait?), also often known as Portrait of a Man in a Turban, or in a red turban, etc., is an oil painting by the Early Netherlandish master Jan van Eyck, from 1433, may well be the earliest known panel self-portrait.|
Many of you might recognize Frida Kahlo's self-portrait below.
(384 × 500 pixels, file size: 177 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)
Fair use rationale for use in Frida KahloSelf-portrait by author, used for fair use to show both artist's style and what she looked like. Unreplaceable by free image as no free image is known to exist. Painted in 1940. The image linked here is claimed to be used under fair use as:
--The artwork is only being used for informational purposes.
|Self-portrait, 16 x 20 inches, Acrylic on Canvas|
Copyright 2013 Mary Rush Gravelle
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Citation of self-portraits and images: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-portrait