In Depth. Self-Portrait by Dürer, 1498
Albrecht Dürer’s Self-portrait of 1498 is one of the first knownself-portraits. In his depiction of himself the artist chose not to refer to any other aspect of his life but rather to reflect on hisself-awareness as a creative figure -like the inscription says- and also as a “gentleman”, presenting himself as an elegant, courtly and aristocratic figure.
Dürer is considered to be the artist who introduced the Italian Renaissance into 16th-century Germany. His life and career run parallel to those of two other artists with whom he has elements in common: Leonardo da Vinci and Hieronymous Bosch. Dürer’s work is a remarkable fusion of German expressive force, Flemish realism and the Italian Renaissance.