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Self-Portrait

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Why is it canonical?

Durer breaks convention with this self-portrait. The close up range and eschewing of the traditional three-quarter pose give a power and solemnity to the painting. The similarities to imagery of Jesus are unmistakeable and without a doubt intentional, likely done by Durer to communicate his piety and seriousness as an artist.

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