A new painting by Dürer discovered

A new painting by Dürer discovered

Portrait of Albrecht Dürer’s father, previously credited to the artist, has been found to be a self-portrait.
According to The Art Newspaper, such a suggestion comes from Stefan Kemperdik, curator of early Netherlands and German art at the Berlin Art Gallery.

Kemperdik hypothesis is based in part on the fact that the portraits of Durer’s father and mother, believed to have been painted by the young artist at about the same time (about 1490), differ in the manner of painting — the portrait of the father looks more naturalistic.

It is believed that the senior Dürer painted one famous self-portrait. It is done in rare technique — using a silver needle (a sharpened piece of silver was used to draw on canvas or paper so that the resulting image was a blue-grey color; after the oxidation, the image turned warm-brown shade). The researcher noted that the picturesque portrait of the father looks similar to the famed painting.

Hence, according to Kemperdik, this could mean two things: either Durer «copied» his work from the picture of his father, which is “uncharacteristic for such a talented painter,» or the father painted his own portrait. If the latter proves true, the picture «Albrecht Durer the Elder with a Rosary» will be the first painted self-portrait in the European art.

Дмитрий Майдан


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