Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Sick Dürer-a Renaissance prototype pain map

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), the illustrious German printmaker, painter, and designer, produced an intriguing pen and watercolour, half length self portrait. The Sick Dürer is small, 12 cm×11 cm, and on it Dürer wrote, “Do wo der gelb fleck is und mit dem finger drawff dewt do is mir we” (There, where the yellow spot is located, and where I point my finger, there it hurts”). Why Dürer used colour remains a mystery, but it could have been added for emphasis, just as his index finger draws attention to the painful part. via


Livia Salome Gnos said...

in Berlin (Hamburger Bahnhof) there is at the moment an exhibition about "pain":

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