Self-Portrait

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1498
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52 x 41 cm.
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With the exception of the Self-Portrait from 1500, this is one of Albrecht Dürer's most beautiful self-portraits. Dürer was a German painter from the late 15th and early 16th century. This painting is on display in the Museo del Prado along with his two paintings of Adam and Eve. The latter two works were a present from Christina of Sweden to the Spanish king Philip IV. The self-portrait was acquired at the auction of [Charles I#PERSONAS#34] of England's goods. In this image the artist turns to the side, rather than facing forwards. This was the Flemish way of portraying a figure, although Dürer also used the Italian portrait style (frontal or profile images). Dürer has depicted himself as an extremely attractive and elegant young man, which has no relation to the typical image at that time of a painter as a manual artisan who was subjected to the whims of his client. Here the painter is clearly a man of some power, with a gleam of pride in his eye and dressed in rich fabrics such as the silk braiding that goes across his chest or his kid gloves, which would have been unthinkable for a mere craftsman who got his hands dirty everyday. In the background, to one side of the figure, the emblem which the artist used to sign all his works can be made out - his initials with the A enveloped by the D - and the date of the painting.


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