Sunday, January 29, 2006

Art that makes us feel...

Although he did many self-portraits, this one, for some reason stands out to me. The great Renaissance-era German artist, Albrecht Durer is responsible for this dark, glowing, and proud work.
Since I first came across it, I can't seem to get it out of my mind's eye. To me, it speaks volumes of solemn pride, yet uncertainty of the future. It makes me feel very emotional, in general. He was 28 when he did this work & I feel, just by looking at the piece, that he was really feeling his youth starting to slip away...perhaps he felt the aging process just starting to rear its head...sensing subtle changes on the horizon...

I, too, am 28, and while I realize we live a bit longer (if we are lucky) these days, I still can feel subtle changes within my mind, soul, and body starting to really take place. I feel like he shares those feelings with me. I don't feel old at all, but I feel....different....more aware of everything...more aware of my mortality, more aware of pain, more aware of happiness. Perhaps that is why this work speaks to me. It seems full of pride of where he has been, uncertainty of where he is going, and the ambition that holds it all together to continue on, regardless the consequences.

Maybe you get something different out of this work...perhaps nothing at all...Feel free to share.

For more information about the artist Albrecht Durer and is work, please visit

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