Self portrait at 28: Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Durer: Self portrait at 28

Albrecht Durer’s Self-portrait at 28, painted in 1500, is a rare example of an early self-portrait which were extremely uncommon at the time. Durer was 28 at the time and is one of a number of similar paintings he produced during his lifetime.

The text on the right-hand side translates from Latin to “Thus I, Albrecht Dürer from Nuremberg, painted myself with indelible colors at the age of 28 years” and the left-hand side states the year of production 1500 with an enlarged “AD” – initials also shared with the artist.

The painting is especially special for its detail – if you zoom closely on the right-hand eye you can see a reflection of a window in front of him. Durer has clearly designed his left portrait to be in the style of Jesus Christ, with his long hair, brown robe, and position of his left hand.

Albrecht Durer’s Self-portrait at 28 is currently in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich where it has been for the last 200 years.

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