On the wall below the window ledge the artist painted an inscription in white pigment, written in Gothic lettering: “1498. Das malt Ich nach meiner gestalt. Ich war sex und zwanzig jor alt. Albrecht Dürer”, which means “1498. I painted this after my image. I was twenty-six. Albrecht Dürer”.

Beneath this inscription is Dürer’s monogram, a capital A enclosing the D of his surname. The artist used these two letters to construct a visual symbol that identifies his work.

 
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