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Early self portrait - Albrecht Durer. 56.5x44.5
Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) became the first master of the European North to write self-portraits. The new era of the Renaissance also brought about the importance of the creator.
The master portrayed himself in a light three-quarter turn to the viewer, he found this compositional scheme in an early pencil self-portrait, created in his youth, at the age of 13 years.
There is an assumption that this portrait was created by Dürer as a gift for his bride. The thistle flower in the hand can be interpreted as a symbol of fidelity. There is another opinion, according to which the inscription in the upper part of the canvas - “My deeds are determined from above”, should be considered as the motto of the artist who believes that his life is predetermined by God's providence. In this case "Self portrait" is an "illustration" of his credo, reinforced by the second meaning of the thistle flower - a symbol of Christ's suffering.