Tuesday, October 03, 2017

October Masterpiece of the Month: Self-Portrait by Albrecht Durer

Who Made It?
A German artist named, Albrecht Durer, created this self-portrait in 1498.

Where Is the REAL One?
The real painting can be seen at The Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.

Why Is It Important?
Like many artists, Durer painted himself several times during his lifetime. This is the second of three self-portraits he created. Here, Durer paints himself as a very important person, full of self-confidence and completely aware of his talent. He fills almost the entire space and size of the painting with his own image, from his hat to his arms. Durer shows himself in front of an open window with a lake and snow-capped mountains in the distance. This landscape may represent either a memory of his travels or a symbol of his state of mind. He also shows himself dressed in expensive, fashionable and fancy clothes for that time.
Some believe that this self portrait is meant to represent Durer leaving his youthful, carefree days behind and taking on the responsibilities of a mature, significant artist, something Durer began to experience at the time of this painting's creation.