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two years after Durer finished his first painted self-portrait he produced another in the year 1500 and we're looking at it now in the auto panic attack in Munich and if you look on the left you can see the 1500 painted in gold paint and just below that a large a and a small D his signature his insignia and it's really different from that earlier self-portrait oh it's so different in the early portrait he is dressed up as if he's a courtier and he seems to be trying to show what he can do as a painter hire me look what I can do here he seems to like in himself to Christ well he's rendered himself full frontal and that's a pose that is almost always reserved for Christ it's not the most flattering pose but it is very powerful and very direct this has civet II the emotionless nests of the face also remind me of images of Christ as a judge but at the same time there's also solemnity and a powerful sense of his creative potential and doar was very much a humanist he was like some of the great Italian artists like make me about Leonardo da Vinci Michelangelo here's somebody who also was deeply interested in the way in which science and art worked together he was interested in philosophy he was interested in ancient literature he was very much a product of the Renaissance and a writer as well as a painter the idea of the artist that is born in the Renaissance no longer as a craftsman just as someone who makes something with his hands but someone who is a gifted intellect a scholar there is really a sense of seriousness of purpose in this painting this is a man who is bringing that northern interest in highly-developed detail that does not speak to the general but renders the particularity of every element in the face right so you could think of Van Eyck for example or campaign that northern tradition of paying attention to detail and clarity the same time this is a man whose cross the Alps gone South gone to Italy and studied what the Italians had achieved and is bringing that back north of the Alps duro is certainly one of the most important artists of the 16th centuries a contemporary of Michelangelo he's a printmaker a painter and he's a theoretician he's actually writing books to help other artists understand what the Renaissance has established and he's also painting for the Holy Roman Emperor he's painting for the king of Spain Derr was as important as an artist could be in the sixteenth century and in the inscription on this painting he wrote thus i Albrecht Durer of Nuremberg made an image of myself in appropriate colors in my 28th year he's only 28 when he paints this I'm interested in where he places the inscription he places the inscription and the date and his insignia at eye level so that we read across his eyes Durer asks us to focus on his eyes and his hand the tools of an artist you