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Dürer's Losses And The Dilemmas Of Being

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Albrecht Dürer’s remarks about his father's death are poignant. The eventual loss of one's parents is a universal, albeit personally painful, experience. What distinguishes Dürer’ from most of his early modern contemporaries is the visual and textual documentation of his feelings. More records exist for Dürer’ than for Altdorfer, Baldung, Cranach, Grünewald, the Holbein family, and virtually all of their peers combined. Inspired by the novel theme, the author wishes to explore Dürer’'s understanding of the concept of loss as expressed in his writings and art. The author considers five aspects of loss namely: the loss of people, everyday losses, the perceived loss of self, the losses of art and artists, and, finally, the loss of Dürer as voiced by his acquaintances. Ultimately, Dürer’ consciously and unconsciously grappled with his own mortality as he as sought to create a lasting personal legacy through his art.

Keywords: Albrecht Dürer’s; loss of self; Venice's artists



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