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Artist and Humanist Albrecht Durer is one of the most significant figures in the history f European art outside Italy during the Renaissance Gowing 195 Portraying the questioning spirit of the Renaissance Durers conviction that he must examine and explore his own situation through capturing the very essence of his role as artist and creator is reflected in the Self-portrait in a Fur Collared Robe Strieder 10 With the portrait Durers highly self-conscious approach to his status as an artist coveys his exalted mission of art more clearly than in any other painting He seems to be less concerned with himself as a person than with himself as an artist and less with the artist than with the origin and exalted mission of art itself Strieder 13 In this self-portrait Durer portrays himself in the guise of the Savior Durers natural resemblance to Christ has been reverently amplified Hutchinson 67 His bearded face is grave and fringed by lustrous shoulder-lenth hair painted in a dark Christ-like brown Russell 89 Scholars have called attention to the fact that the portrait was intended to portray Durer as the thinking artist through emphasis on the enlarged eyes and the right hand Dueres use of the full-face view and almost hypnotic gaze emphasizes his belief that the sense of sight is the most noble of the five senses He wrote in the Introduction to his Painters Manual For the noblest of mans senses is sight Therefore a thing seen is more believable and long-lasting to us than something we hear Hutchison 68 The position of the right hand held in front of his chest is almost as if in blessing 89 Russell Joachim Camerarius a professor who published a Latin translation of two of Durers books wrote of Durers intelligent head his flashing eyes his nobly formed nose his broad chest and then noted But his fingers- you would vow you had never seen anything more elegant Russell 8
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