Portrait of Jakob Muffel by Albrecht Durer

Portrait of Jakob Muffel by Albrecht Durer

Almost half of Durer’s paintings that have come down to us are portraits. Among them – self-portraits of the artist, portraits of his relatives and friends, as well as portraits written to order. As a rule, these are half-length portraits with a slightly turned to the side of the head.

The portrait background is mostly neutral; in individual paintings he is “animated” by a window, behind which a landscape opens. This method is borrowed by European art from the Dutch painters of the XV century. We reproduce two portraits of Durer: “Portrait of a Young Venetian”, 1505 and “Portrait of Jacob Muffel”.

In the last work, referring to the late period of Durer’s creativity, facial features are depicted much softer than in his early portraits.

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