On Rai5 a documentary dedicated to Albrecht Dürer and his self-portraits

Entitled "Albrecht Dürer. The Mystery of the Self-Portraits" the documentary dedicated to Albrecht Dürer, premiering on Rai 5 on Wednesday, May 31 at 9:15 p.m. A story about the German Renaissance genius seen through the way the artist represented himself.

Entitled Albrecht Dürer . The Mystery of the Self-Portraits the documentary dedicated to the great German artist Albrecht Dürer (Nuremberg, 1471 - 1528) that will be premiered on Rai 5 on Wednesday, May 31 at 9:15 pm. The documentary, by Frédéric Ramade, produced by Morgane Production and Arte France, is a tale that tries to unravel a mystery: how did this son of a Nuremberg goldsmith become the undisputed master of German painting?

“Eclectic and brilliant like Picasso. Eccentric like Salvador Dali. Histrionic like Andy Wahrol. As intrepid as Jeff Koons. Five centuries before his successors, Albrecht Dürer played the various roles of the modern artist, placing himself at center stage throughout his life through an exceptional series of self-portraits”: this is the documentary’s summary of Germany’s best-known Renaissance artist.

His abilities are demonstrated as early as the age of thirteen when he makes his first self-portrait, a charming face with a somewhat almond-shaped eye, correcting, with innate mastery, the distortion induced by the then slightly convex mirrors. He works in silver point, the technique is terribly virtuoso that presupposes waiting for the silver to oxidize so that the lines become a pattern, like the picture that appears in the developing bath, and admits of no regrets.

From then on his destiny as an artist seems sealed. He immediately turns to etching, a very young technique invented just fifty years earlier, which particularly interests him because it can be reproduced and made to travel. And so he and his works travel to a late medieval Europe ravaged by epidemics, political turmoil and religious change, where Durer, thanks to the invention of printing, manages to make a name for himself and build a solid business. Especially since he “protected” his productions from those of his imitators by enclosing his famous AD monogram, a true ante litteram logo.

From the municipal museums of Nuremberg to the Albertina in Vienna, from the Alte Pinakothek in Munich to the University of Zurich, five eminent Dürer specialists comment passionately on the work whose strange beauty fascinated his time. The appointment, for those who want to learn more about Dürer, is for May 31 at 9:15 p.m. on Rai5.

On Rai5 a documentary dedicated to Albrecht Dürer and his self-portraits
On Rai5 a documentary dedicated to Albrecht Dürer and his self-portraits

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