the genius of albrecht dürer revealed in four self-portraits


The German artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was one of the greatest figures of the Northern Renaissance. As a draughtsman and painter, he rivaled his elder contemporary Leonardo Da Vinci, and his masterful woodcuts and engravings of mythical and allegorical scenes made him famous across Europe.

In the first half of his life, Dürer made a series of exquisite self-portraits. The earliest (above) was made in 1484, when the artist was a precocious boy of 13. It was drawn in silverpoint. Sometime later, he wrote in the upper right-hand corner: “This I have drawn from myself from the looking-glass, in the year 1484, when I was still a child — Albrecht Dürer.” The drawing, now in the collection of the Albertina museum in Vienna, was made at about the time Dürer became an apprentice goldsmith in his father’s jewelry shop in Nuremberg. Much to his father’s disappointment, he would leave the goldsmith shop about a year later to become an apprentice to the prominent Nuremberg artist and printmaker Michael Wolgemut. But the early experience of working with the tools in the goldsmith shop would prove invaluable to Dürer’s later work as an engraver.

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{via Open Culture, article by Mike Springer}

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on Silicon Valley Types and commented:
    Intrigued to learn more about Albrecht Duerer! What do you think?


    1. jdsage12 says:

      Sorry to take so long to get back to you. Have recently bloged after a hiatus of months. Also just found out how to reply to comments. Stay with me. Durer was one of the first (1500’s) to address transformations in art. My earlier book on Metaforms and MetaNudes tackles the same approach. JDS

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      1. No problem. I am always learning new things on WordPress myself. Thank you.


  2. impostorpawn says:

    amazing …that he drew the self portraits at such a tender age


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