Self-Portrait at 26 (1498) by Albrecht Durer

Self-Portrait at 26 - Albrecht Durer - 1498

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TitleSelf-Portrait at 26
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
MediumOil on Panel
Dimensions52 x 41 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid

About Self-Portrait at 26

Albrecht Dürer’s “Self-Portrait at 26” is a manifest exemplar of the Northern Renaissance art movement, completed in 1498. The artwork, an oil on panel, measures 52 by 41 centimeters and is characterized as a self-portrait genre. Currently, it resides in the Museo del Prado, Madrid, a testament to the enduring allure of Dürer’s oeuvre.

The artwork in question reveals an impressive self-portrait of Albrecht Dürer at the age of 26. The artist presents himself with a direct gaze towards the viewer, conveying a sense of confidence and self-awareness. One of the most striking features is Dürer’s richly textured, curly hair, which flows down onto his shoulders, providing a vivid frame to his face. He dons a flamboyant hat adorned with a tassel, a detail that asserts his social status and artistic flair.

He is clothed in a dark, fur-trimmed robe with a decorative sash running across his chest, which together with the intricately rendered shirt with its fine pleats and gathers, showcases Dürer’s skill in depicting various textures and fabrics. His hand is positioned in the lower right area of the artwork, slightly extended, rendering a sense of dimensionality. The figure is set against a backdrop that is divided into two distinct sections: to the right, a dark, draped curtain, and to the left, a landscape visible through a window that opens to a panoramic view of mountains and a river valley, adding depth and context to the portrait.

The luminous rendering of the skin, alongside the meticulous attention to detail in the hair and clothes, exemplifies the Northern Renaissance’s focus on realism and individuality. Dürer’s use of oil paint allows for rich coloration and subtle gradations of light and shadow, enhancing the three-dimensionality of the composition. The self-assured demeanor of the figure, combined with the artist’s technical mastery, makes “Self-Portrait at 26” a seminal piece in the history of art.

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