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Albrecht Durer’s Artistic Portraits during Renaissance Period

The content of the terrible raging era, its ideological achievements found its deep reflection in the works of Albrecht Durer, a great German artist and thinker. Durer summarized realistic quest of predecessors and contemporaries into a coherent system of artistic views, and thus laid the foundation for a new stage in the development of German art.

An inquiring mind, a multiplicity of interests, pursuit for the new things, courage of large undertakings, intensity, and the breadth of perception of life put him near the great Italians – Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Attraction to the ideal and harmonious beauty of the world and desire to find a way to the knowledge of the rational laws of nature permeate his work. Excitedly perceiving the tumultuous events of modern times, Durer was aware of the discrepancy of its classical ideals, and created deep national typical images of people of the country, full of inner strength and doubt, will energy, and meditation. By observing reality, Durer became convinced that living nature cannot meet the classic formula.

Durer works strike us with contrasts. They are filled with rationality and emotions, cravings to the monumental, and focus on details. Durer, who lives on the verge of two epochs, reflected in his art tragic social crisis that ended in the defeat of the peasant war.

Durer was the first painter in Germany, who used nude models to paint his paintings. The formation of the Nordic self-portrait as an independent genre is closely associated with the name of Durer. One of the best portrait painters of his time, he had a high opinion of painting for the fact that it allowed to save the image of a particular person for future generations. Biographers have noted that having an attractive appearance, Durer was particularly fond of portraying himself as a young man and reproduced his appearance not without a desire to please the audience. Scenic self-portrait of Durer was a means to emphasize his status and beacon, marking a certain stage of his life. On his portraits he appears as a man with such an intellectual and spiritual development that was above the level he has been defined by his ancestry, which was unusual for self-portrait artists of the era. In addition, he again claimed the high importance of the fine arts (which was unjustly, as he believed, excluded from the seven liberal arts) at the time when it was still ranked among the craft in Germany.

The content of the terrible raging era, its ideological achievements found its deep reflection in the works of Albrecht Durer, a great German artist and thinker. Durer summarized realistic quest of predecessors and contemporaries into a coherent system of artistic views, and thus laid the foundation for a new stage in the development of German art.

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