Dürer, Albrecht: Self-Portraits
The most celebrated of Dürer's many self-portraits is this painting,
made when he was 29 and renowned throughout Europe. Frankly idealized
into a Christlike image, it may have been meant by Dürer to remind
viewers that an artist's creative spirit is God-given.
Self-portrait at 22 (Selfportrait with flower)
1493 (140 Kb); Oil on linen, transferred from vellum, 57 x 45 cm;
Musee du Louvre, Paris
Self-Portrait at 26
1498 (140 Kb); Oil on panel, 52 x 41 cm;
Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
Self-Portrait at 28 (Self-Portrait in Furcoat)
1500 (120 Kb); Oil on panel, 67 x 49 cm (26 1/4" x 19 1/4");
Alte Pinakothek, Munich
forward, wearing a brown robe with a dark brown fur collar and ornamental
notches on the sleeves, he is delicately grasping the fur of the collar,
and he seems to be showing a tiny bit of a white (possibly
Fruit-of-the-Loom) T-shirt under the coat.''
-- A.J. Smith
© 28 Oct 1995,
Nicolas Pioch -
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