I opened my AP European History class today with a visual of the greatest German Renaissance painter of the early 16th century, Albrecht Durer. He has been described by many as one of the greatest of great humanist. According to the reading I handed students, Durer transcended the period by ushering in the spirit of the “self.” He represents the achievements of all but does not represent all people. His Christ-like appeal in many of his self-portraits captures his sense of “self”. Note the image below:
While studying his provocative Christ-like position, students could not help but note how Maddy Copello resembles Durer; in many ways, it is almost like she is a descendent from the German’s bloodline.
Above: During our discussion, Maddy poses for the class beside the image of Durer.