Thanks for your comments and suggestions about this blog’s new look. What do the rest of you think about this Cranach self-portrait I found on the web? A little forboding? Or as tODD said, creating a sense that he is looking upon your comment with disapproval? Or as frank sonnek said, an example of “cool realism”?
To me, this self-portrait has a kind of postmodern self-referential feel: The image is of the artist looking into the mirror as he tries to paint his own face. I like how his head is tilted and how he is biting his lips in concentration, peering out with that intent artist look that tries to see everything.
tODD misses the dragon, that scribble of Cranach’s seal that the artist used to sign his works, which is the logo of the Cranach Institute. I have seen versions of that winged dragon bearing the ring that are less abstract and that require less explanation. I’ve been looking for the image on the web but to no avail so far. If anyone knows where I could find it, please let me know.