Friday, September 12, 2014


Albrecht Durer gave us his Self-Portrait in 1500. This is a painting of the measure of God. The measure of Christ is on his face with the brow nominating the bar of the cross, he would have been a Christian thinker and the wandering gaze in Durer's eyes nominates God with an otherworldly stare. Unlike more contemporary self-portraiture where the viewer is addressed as in publication, you feel Durer has such an internal gaze that the measure of his interior equals Christ. Throughout Durer's career measure as a mathematical equation of Christ was the basis of his paintings and Durer used this Lutheran equation of Christ to represent God in the garden of his heart. The extreme piety of Durer's Lutheran Christian belief in this painting is reflected in his face. This masterwork is well placed in Munich, Germany.