The Jabach Altarpiece (detail, Supposed Self Portrait) (1504) by Albrecht Durer

The Jabach Altarpiece (detail, Supposed Self Portrait) - Albrecht Durer - 1504

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TitleThe Jabach Altarpiece (detail, Supposed Self Portrait)
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About The Jabach Altarpiece (detail, Supposed Self Portrait)

The image presented is a detail from the “Jabach Altarpiece”, which is often attributed to Albrecht Dürer, a prominent figure of the Northern Renaissance. Painted in 1504, this particular detail is believed to be a supposed self-portrait of the artist himself. Dürer was known for creating self-portraits, and his work reflects the characteristics of the Northern Renaissance art movement, which emphasized detail and a high level of craftsmanship.

Focusing on the artwork, the figure depicted wears a large beret and is adorned in a vividly colored robe with elaborate golden embroidery, showcasing the fine detail and attention to texture commonly seen in Northern Renaissance art. The man’s expression is contemplative, with intense eyes that gaze out, indicating a character with depth and thoughtfulness. His hands are delicately holding what appears to be a pair of compasses over a book or a pouch, which might symbolize scholarly or artistic endeavor. The opulence of the attire and the subtle authenticity of his features highlight the artist’s skill in capturing the intricate subtleties of form, fabric, and emotion. The precision with which the hair and facial features are rendered exemplifies Dürer’s mastery in portraying human likeness and individuality.

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