Dürer, Selfportrait, 1493. Musée du Louvre, Paris

Albrecht Dürer, Self-Porträt in a Trimmed Coat, 1500. Alte Pinakotethek, Munich

Dürer used himself as the subject of a work on various occasions and is considered the first painter to be obsessed with his own image. No artist prior to Dürer painted so many self-portraits.

We also have two interesting self-portrait drawings which display remarkable skill in their use of silverpoint and pen and ink respectively. These are Self-portrait at the age of 13 (1484, Albertina, Vienna) and Self-portrait Nude (1500-1505, Schlossmuseum, Weimar).

From the 1484 silverpoint drawing in the Albertina, the Louvre image of 1493, the Prado panel of 1498, the Self-Portrait in a Trimmed Coat, of 1500 (Munich) up to the nude drawing of 1500-1505, Dürer’s various self-portraits clearly reveal his development as an artist. They document a key moment in the History of Art.

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