• 10 Francs 1997, KM# 1298, France, European Museums Treasures, Albrecht Dürer's Self-Portrait
  • 10 Francs 1997, KM# 1298, France, European Museums Treasures, Albrecht Dürer's Self-Portrait
Description

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) was a painter, printmaker, and theorist of the German Renaissance. Born in Nuremberg, Dürer established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was still in his twenties due to his high-quality woodcut prints. He was in communication with the major Italian artists of his time, including Raphael, Giovanni Bellini and Leonardo da Vinci, and from 1512 he was patronized by Emperor Maximilian I. Dürer is commemorated by both the Lutheran and Episcopal Churches.

Dürer's vast body of work includes engravings, his preferred technique in his later prints, altarpieces, portraits and self-portraits, watercolours and books. The woodcuts, such as the Apocalypse series (1498), are more Gothic than the rest of his work. His well-known engravings include the Knight, Death, and the Devil (1513), Saint Jerome in his Study (1514) and Melencolia I (1514), which has been the subject of extensive analysis and interpretation. His watercolours also mark him as one of the first European landscape artists, while his ambitious woodcuts revolutionized the potential of that medium.

Dürer's introduction of classical motifs into Northern art, through his knowledge of Italian artists and German humanists, has secured his reputation as one of the most important figures of the Northern Renaissance. This is reinforced by his theoretical treatises, which involve principles of mathematics, perspective, and ideal proportions.

Obverse

Depicts a self-portrait of Albrecht Dürer, inscription "Albrecht Dürer's self-portrait" above, Albrecht Dürer's monogram on the left, date and initials of the French Republic (RF) on the right.

Self-Portrait (or Self-Portrait at Twenty-Eight) is a panel painting 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. Art historians consider it the most personal, iconic and complex of his self-portraits.

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.

AUTOPORTRAIT DE DÜRER
A D
R F
1997

Reverse

Value surrounded by the twelve stars of the European Union. Inscription "Treasures of European Museums" above, the motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" below.

Mintmark of the Paris Mint (Monnaie de Paris in Pessac): Cornucopia

The directors of the Paris Mint mint master's marks: Bee (Pierre Rodier)

· TRÉSORS des MUSÉES d'EUROPE ·
10 FRANCS
1½ euro
LIBERTÉ-ÉGALITÉ-FRATERNITÉ

Edge

10 Francs (1,5 Euro)

European Museums Treasures
Albrecht Dürer's Self-Portrait

Subscribe series
KM# 1298
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.900
Weight 22.2 g
Diameter 37 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
Paris Mint (A)

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