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image of Portrait of a Clergyman (Johann Dorsch?) Albrecht Dürer (artist)
German, 1471 - 1528
Portrait of a Clergyman (Johann Dorsch?), 1516
oil on parchment on fabric
painted surface: 41.7 x 32.7 cm (16 7/16 x 12 7/8 in.) support: 43 x 33 cm (16 15/16 x 13 in.) framed: 60.5 x 51.3 x 4.4 cm (23 13/16 x 20 3/16 x 1 3/4 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
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From the Tour: German Painting and Sculpture in the Late 1400s and 1500s
Object 6 of 12

This Catholic cleric may be Johann Dorsch, who was to become the Protestant pastor of Dürer's parish church in Nuremberg. Dürer's incredible observation of nature is evident in the man's eyes, which reveal multiple reflections from the window he faced while posing. Albrecht Dürer signed the work with his AD monogram and dated it 1516. The portrait is one of a number of paintings on parchment made by the artist at about the same time. The parchment gives the paint surface a fine, smooth quality that, in this case, has been somewhat disturbed by the weave of the canvas to which it was later attached.

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