Sunday, April 10, 2005

great portraits #4

Dürer, Self-Portrait in Furcoat, 1500

Dürer was the great master of the northern Renaissance. This painting, dated 1500, is inscribed: 'Thus I, Albrecht Dürer from Nuremburg, painted myself with indelible colours at the age of 28 years.' You can make as much or as little as you wish of it. To me it's just an amazingly haunting self-portrait.