Self-Portrait (Dürer, Munich)  

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Self-Portrait (earlier known as Self-Portrait at Twenty-Eight Years Old Wearing a Coat with Fur Collar or Self-Portrait in a Wig) is a painting on wood panel by the German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer. Painted early in 1500, just before his 29th birthday, it is the last of his three painted self-portraits. It is considered the most personal, iconic and complex of his self-portraits, and the one that has become fixed in the popular imagination.

The self-portrait is most remarkable because of its resemblance to many earlier representations of Christ. Art historians note the similarities with the conventions of religious painting, including its symmetry, dark tones and the manner in which the artist directly confronts the viewer and raises his hands to the middle of his chest as if in the act of blessing. It is likely that Dürer portrayed himself in this way through a combination of arrogance and a desire by a young and ambitious artist to acknowledge his talent as God given.

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