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Portrait of a Young Man, Albrecht Durer, 1521

Portrait of a Young Man, Albrecht Durer, 1521

Portrait of a young man - Albrecht Durer. 45.5x31.5

The period to which the presented portrait refers is characterized as the time of Dürer's full artistic maturity, when his interest in the portrait genre was great, he created works in which he penetrated unusually deeply into the spiritual essence of his models.

"Portrait of a young man" - one of the best in this sense. The young man in the picture holds a sheet of paper in his hand, the first few letters of his name are read on it: "P [or B] ernh", the rest are closed with fingers. It is established that this is Burhart von Riesen, a merchant from Danzig, about whom Dürer wrote in his diary that he made his portrait and received eight florins.

The model occupies the entire area of ​​the board, and the hat on both sides was cut off. The dark color of clothes concentrates the viewer's attention on expressive facial features: a sharply defined chin, lip folds, a calm and penetrating look, looking into the distance - all this speaks of a strong-willed and active nature. Unfortunately, Riesen, who turned 30 when Dürer created his portrait, died of the plague just a few months later, in October 1521.


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