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In a series of his extraordinary portraits performed over the course of a decade (from 1510 to 1520), Dürer managed to bring together all the best qualities of a person. For many years he painted and studied human personalities in order to learn how to convey them as accurately as possible in his works.
After a long search and determination of exactly what the canonical human beauty should be, as well as numerous attempts to substantiate the ideal norms of human appearance, he nevertheless stops his choice on the face of modern German man.
Such a representative must have belonged to the intelligentsia. He had to be slightly anxious, worried, have his own internal contradictions, be strong-willed and possess a rich spiritual world and energy. Such important features Durer is trying to find among the representatives of his contemporaries.
In all his portraits there remains such a familiar character. However, he manages to completely get rid of the remnants of the past time - the external fragmentation, the excessive angularity of the human appearance, the rigidity of color shades and lines. Heroes from his portraits are always very solid and free in their poses and manners. The figures in the composition are always located very naturally, without protruding beyond the boundaries of the compositional space allotted to them.
Among geometric forms, there is always a certain generalization and similarity, they are quite plastic. In the same way, in his work “Mary with the Baby”. Ovals and facial features overlap with each other. Moreover, all of them are made with very smooth rounded lines, at which there are no sharp corners. Bright details introduce a certain courage and contradiction into the composition. They all look whole and harmonious.
Description Paintings Arrival of a Governess in a Merchant House