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        Detail of 'The Feast of the Rosary' showing Durer's self portrait

        Duerer, Albrecht (1471-1528). Medium: oil on panel. Date: 1506. On the scroll are the words 'Exegit Quinque Mestri Spatio Albertus Durer Germanus MDVI' (Albrecht Durer, a German, produced it in the span of five months in 1506); also depicted are putti setting crowns of roses on the congregation; on the lower left is the hand of the Virgin Mary setting a garland on the head of the German emperor designate, Maximilian I (1459-1519); known in France as 'La Vierge de la Fete du Rosaire (Virgin of the Feast of the Rosary); commissioned in Venice by the German merchants of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi for their chapel in the Church of San Bartolomeo as a depiction of the 'Brotherhood of the Rosary'; Durer's painted himself into the scene. He depicted himself with beard and long blond hair in a fur coat standing in front of a tree and holding a scroll in his hand. Provenance: Narodni Galerie, Prague, Czech Republic. Photographic rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.

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