This self-portrait by Peter Paul Rubens is an example of self-expression in art. Unlike the book's example of the self-portrait that told a story about the artist, this example is more of a showcase of the artist's skills. Peter Paul Rubens is expressing and sort of "showing off" his skills as a painter. He portrays himself as calm, cool, and collected. The pillar on the left may even be expressing stability in his work or attitude. The artist may also be expressing that fact that he is left-handed, since his right hand has a glove and his left does not. His success and financial stability may also be expressed in the extravagant hat and clothing.