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A. Dürer was born into a large family and his path to recognition was thorny. The artist married mainly for the concept of his social status, for a long time his income was the sale of prints. In adulthood, the artist acquired a patron, who became Maximilian I. Under his control, the author worked on the Arc de Triomphe. During this period, Dürer painted several paintings depicting the emperor. One of these works is a portrait of Maximilian I.
The picture shows the emperor. He is dressed in a luxurious robe with a fur collar. On the head is a classic hat for that time. Arrogant facial expression attracts attention. The emperor was dissatisfied with something, it was characteristic of the ruler, he had a very difficult character. Maximilian's lips are compressed and his eyes are half-closed. From the portrait it blows arrogance. The emperor was pleased with the painting of Dürer.
The treasury was empty, not always the ruler could pay on time the services of the artist. He even proposed to save him from taxes, but the Senate refused this request. Then the generous patron granted the artist a lifetime pension. If the portrait satisfied Maximilian, then the emperor saw himself exactly as Durer portrayed him. The patron holds a pomegranate in his hand. Since ancient times, this fruit was considered a symbol of immortality, rebirth and fertility.
Maximilian considered himself great and invincible, he believed in immortality. He, as a ruler, holds in his hand a fruit that promises fertility and prosperity. It is the emperor who controls these processes, he is sovereign. Part of the peel on the fruit is peeled and juicy grains are visible. This denotes the many faces of the personality, which is torment for Maximilian.
Another pomegranate symbolizes the unification of many people under the patronage of the church. It was Maximilian who held all the power in his hand that Durer displayed so accurately and realistically.
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