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Dürer painted himself at centre of Renaissance altarpiece in revenge, research finds

Exclusive: Cambridge academic’s study of surviving letters shows pay row with wealthy patron The Renaissance painter Albrecht Dürer took revenge on his patron after a bitter row over pay by placing his own self-portrait in a 1500s altarpiece that he painted for him, according to research. The Nuremberg master was commissioned by a wealthy Frankfurt merchant, Jacob Heller, only to find himself fighting in vain for a decent fee. Continue reading...

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