Albrecht Dürer: Hieronymus Holzschuher, 1526

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What is hidden behind the patrician gaze, the powerful shoulders, the venerable beard and white mane? In our Lord’s year of 1526, much is still to happen in your country… But where is your country?  Is it Bavaria? So tells us history… What dreams or wild ambitions do your calm eyes keep away from us?

You could tell us much we would love to know. 1526… the Reformation was nine years old, soon the long wars would start that would ravage the German lands…

Photo: Albrecht Dürer, Hieronymus Holzschuhen – 1526, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

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  1. You’ve got to love the man’s gaze that Durer was able to capture. To me, it’s a look of suspicion, but perhaps irritation or condescension. But, in my background in working with canines, we’d call it ‘whale eye,’ which expresses a dog’s uncertainty or anxiety about a person or situation. It could even be a prelude to a bark/warning/bite. In any case, thanks for sharing this; I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before.

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