Self portrait, Albrecht Durer, 1498
- Posted by Albrecht Durer
- Museum: Prado Museum
- Year: 1498
Overview of the painting :
Self portrait – Albrecht Durer. 1498. Wood, butter. 52 x 41 cm
Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) is one of the founders of the art of the Northern Renaissance, a German painter, draftsman, engraver, art theorist. The views of Italian humanists, who determined the artist’s desire to study antiquity monuments, had a huge impact on Durer.
Before us is one of the artist’s early self-portraits. Durer portrayed himself in a light three-fourth perspective against the background of a window behind which a endless landscape is visible. The figure occupies the entire canvas, the pose is calm, the look is focused, the light from the window illuminates the face, perfectly laid hair, hands, an elegant suit. A light brown cloak pulled up over the shoulder, pulled with a twisted cord, thin leather gloves on his hands. On a shaded wall below the window level, you can read in German: “I wrote this from myself. I was twenty six years old. Albrecht Durer. “.
With this inscription, Durer declares himself as an independent artist-creator. In Germany, at that time he was still regarded as a master, which was absolutely unacceptable for a painter who realized the scale of his talent. At the self-portrait, we see a person of a complex spiritual organization, demonstrating his involvement in the chosen artistic world, sacredly believing in his high destiny of the artist.