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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 30 | volume VI | January-February, 2003



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Blesok no. 30January-February, 2003
Essays

Self-portraits of the genius

Albrecht Dürer


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Ričard Ivanišević

Germanic people are not considered cosmopolitan, but the art and culture of these controversial Nordic people is (luckily!), cosmopolitan. Even those who claimed that Schopenhauer and Nietzsche did not express cosmopolitanism (and such, unfortunately, exist even today), realized, to have been mislead. The German geniuses– not those average Germans, but those who equal the Cosmos (Hegel, Spengler, Heidegger, Wagner, Heine…) -are dedicated to the Universe. Also, among those who confirm this, is Albrecht Dürer, who saw Germany as too narrow, and asked for the breadth of the world, to finally reach the state of world artistic cosmopolitan as a person, as a painter and in his work, where the values are limitless– that is the spiritual vision, aesthetic preference of this artist– an art encyclopedia, with a perfected erudition in his drawings which examines the psyche in details, the spiritual phenomenon in its absolute. He makes sense out of everything. He governs the essence of the spiritual. He governs spirituality.
     Powerful and predominant, haunted and persecuted by the mysterious genes of the genius (like Goethe), creates infinity. And there, limitations do not exist. Only distinction between the secular and the divine. Boundaries do not exist. His cosmopolitan passport says: Albrecht Dürer – Everywhere admissible – Always precious – Lasts forever!!!
     But, to consider the chronicler from a few centuries ago, and to reminisce about the Nordic Chronicles, where between the lines and notes of the anonymous scrivener, dim and blurry, as half-asleep, images of a single image appear before me. Image that delivers various formulations and perceptions, general outlook and experiences, year after year, from one age to another, from one self-portrait to another. That image is the image of the genius. The one that created the numerous shapes found in the world eminent art establishments and in the famous art collections. The spirit of his works is never erased from the memory. His mission is to be an art Messiah. I envisage it, sometimes I sense it, and often, that art image of the missionary and messiah– Albrecht Dürer visits me. In the Nordic Chronicles (imagined and conceived) a few stories are found. They are only dedicated to someone like Dürer (and a few others), to someone like Matthias Grunewald or Edward Munch, or maybe only just to those who also deserve it like the expressionists Emil Nolde, Erich Heckel…
     But, let’s return to the promised stories about






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