Self-Portrait at Twenty-Eight Years Old Wearing a Fur Coat with Fur Collar and Jesus Don't Me for a Sunbeam

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Albrecht Durer, Self-Portrait at Twenty-Eight Years Old Wearing a Fur Coat with Fur Collar, 1500

Powerful eyes, an essence of absolute control, this self-portrait has all the dominating features you could ever hope for. All I can say is, “Don’t expect me to cry”

“Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam” was original written by The Vaselines in 1987. In tribute to their song, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana decided to cover the song in his 1992 MTV Unplugged event. His rendition with an acoustic guitar became far more well-known than the real song. Had it not been for Kurt saying The Vaselines originally wrote the song, I would have attributed the song to Nirvana. The song was originally a church choir ballad, but The Vaselines added some electric guitar and it became more of a rock and roll song.

Albrecht Durer originally heard the song in… never, the song was written in 1987, pay attention. The simple verse in the song goes perfectly with the nonchalant expression of Durer in this painting. He could argue that “Sunbeams are never made me.” The painting makes me feel serene as if Durer was Jesus. He wouldn’t cry, and he wouldn’t die. Although he says don’t expect me to die for thee, his expression and posture gives the idea that he will give his life if you so ask.

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