I often think about my own work as an artist as my way of imitating Christ... by depicting the way I see the beauty of God in creation and in humanity. This is what Dürer wanted to accomplish as well. In any case, this is certainly one of his greatest paintings and it certainly demonstrates his great skill as an artist. And if his careful and reverent handling of the paint in this piece is any indication of his reverence for God, I'd say his faith was equally as solid.
As a mark of his confidence in painting, Dürer inscribed the following statement on the right side of the painting: "Thus I, Albrecht Dürer from Nuremburg, painted myself with indelible colors at the age of 28 years."
|Self Portrait in a Fur-Collared Robe|
oil on lime panel