He was interested in ancient literature. himself full frontal and that's a pose that's is almost always reserved for Christ. Durer of Nuremberg, made an image of myself ]; [¿] Real Alcázar, Pieza que cae al Parque a la entrada de la Galeria del Cierzo, 1686, s.n [? Source Wikimedia Commons. And if so, for what purpose? In addition his choice of colors and lighting within the painting seem to indicate a preference for radiance rather than the deep richness and spectacular detail of Durer. Moreover, it is likely that Dürer was acquainted with the description since the Lentulus letter was first printed in Germany in 1474 as part of the a “Life of Christ” by Ludolph the Carthusian. highly developed detail. © www.AlbrechtDurer.org 2019. The inscription in the top-right of the painting tells us so: “ I, Albrecht Dürer of Nuremberg have portrayed myself in my own paints at the age of twenty-eight.”. This inexplicably lends to a feeling of comparable lightness. Alte Pinakothek museum, Munich. We believe that the brilliant histories of art belong to everyone, no matter their background. Anastasia Douka, Stella Dimitrakopoulou, Orestis Mavroudis: Redefining a Documentary Practice. He was never known to laugh, but often to weep. He's a print maker, a painter ... Steven: And he's a theoretician. Beth: And he's also painting for the Holy Roman Emperor, he's In reality his later self portraits captured every line, every fold and pore--the earlier ones interestingly tending to show much more the right side of his profile, as if to perhaps, allow himself that one preference. Beth: And it's really different from that earlier self-portrait. His conversation is grave, infrequent, and modest. of his creative potential. Marten fur was also a common material used in the manufacture of paintbrushes. His stature is straight, his hands and arms beautiful to behold. that northern tradition of paying attention to detail and clarity. His reputation as a skilled illustrator and engraver was quickly establishing, so that by the time he made this self-portrait in 1500, he was famous across the continent. This is a man who is bringing that northern interest in Christopher P Jones is a writer and artist. Beth: Durer asks us to focus on his eyes and his hands, the tools of an artist. Detail of ‘Self-portrait’ (1500) by Albrecht Dürer. This is accentuated by the Latin inscription that underscores the work of the painter: "Thus I, Albrecht Dürer from Nuremberg, portrayed myself with characteristic colors in my 28th year.". The frontality and the strong idealization are reminiscent of representations of Christ, both aspects however being inseparable from Dürer's early studies of human proportion. His nose and mouth are faultless. as an artist could be in the 16th century. We're looking at it now in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich. The frontality and the strong idealization are reminiscent of representations of Christ, both aspects however being inseparable from Dürer's early studies of human proportion. His phenomenal craftsmanship as an engraver established him as a force majeure within the world of Renaissance art along with Da Vinci, Raphael, Boticelli, Bellini, Bosch, Perugino, and Gerard David. He blogs about culture, art and life at his website. He also offered a vast array of alternately styled, more serene and gentle woodcut engravings with such series as "The Holy Family" engravings and a glimpse of social commentary with his "Ship of Fools" series. With this in mind, it is likely that the self-portrait was painted as a virtuoso piece rather than for a specific client: it was an exercise that allowed Dürer to show off his exceptional observational skills and his technical abilities at depicting textures and facial features. Leonardo Da Vinci appeared to embrace the three quarter face self portrait style that was popular for that time although his gaze was also very direct and turned toward the viewer. Self-Portrait with Fur-Trimmed Robe, 1500 Limewood, 67,1 x 48,9 cm Acquired in 1805 Inv. We make it easy to collect and publish everything about art, manage collections, and buy, sell and promote artworks. no. It is likely that the young Dürer was involved in the manufacture of the Nuremberg Chronicle, a huge illustrated world history whose 1,800 woodcut illustrations were prepared by the Wolgemut workshop. His beard is abundant, of the colour of his hair, not long, but divided at the chin. books to help other artists understand what the “This is how I, Albrecht Dürer, portrayed myself ... engravings on the theme of the Apocalypse and the Passion of Christ, Mobile apps for galleries, museums and exhibition projects. Beth: And a writer as well as a painter. If you're seeing this message, it means we're having trouble loading external resources on our website. He is the most beautiful among the children of men. https://www.khanacademy.org/.../northern/durer/v/d-rer-self-portrait-1498 Find out more about what data we collect and use at, Quick search helps finding an artist, picture, user or article and prompts your previous searches, Login to use Arthive functionality to the maximum, Register to use Arthive functionality to the maximum, This action is only available to registered users. Beth: Durer was certainly one of the most important artists of the 16th century, the contemporary of Michaelangelo. He could well wish to paint the image of Christ in oil, because, experimenting in different techniques, the artist enriches and hones his skills. Do you speak Renaissance? Beth: Right, so you can think of van Eyck, for example, or Campin, April 1528, sechs Wochen vor seinem 57. can do as a painter, "Hire me. In the depiction, Dürer elevates himself to the social position he believed suited to an artist of his ability. The idea of the artist that is born in the Renaissance no His hair is of the colour of the ripe hazel-nut, straight down to the ears, but below the ears wavy and curled, with a bluish and bright reflection, flowing over his shoulders. In the inscription on this painting, he wrote "Thus I, Albrecht https://www.khanacademy.org/.../durer/v/albrecht-d-rer-self-portrait-1500 Albrecht Dürer was 28 when he painted his self-portrait. From our modern perspective, it may seem a young age to paint such an assured (and self-assured) depiction. The textures of long wavy hair and dark cloak lend a richness to the self portrait, adding to the perception that it must somehow be quite substantial in weight. This is also in part due to the fact that the original was painted in oil on a wooden block after which prints were subsequently reproduced on canvas. Oil on lime wood. 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Geburtstag. in appropriate colors in my 28th year." Khan Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In contrast, prints made from woodcut and metal engravings were typically made for speculative sale. He places the inscription and the date and his insignia at eye level so that we would read across his eyes. We believe art has the power to transform lives and to build understanding across cultures. every element in the face. So his fingers are self-referential. His gaze and his hand, representing an artist's tool, are emphasized, rendering the painting an inventively programmatic. He's only 28 when he painted this. 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