DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

Alliance Coat of Arms of the Dürer and Holper Families

Oil on panel, 47 x 39 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The picture shows the rear view of the Portrait of Albrecht Dürer the Elder.

The painted variant on the alliance coat of arms of the Dürer and Holper families, a so-called speaking coat of arms, is also depicted in a woodcut dating from 1523. It forms the back side of Dürer's first portrait of his father in 1490. The family's coat of arms depicts an open barn door on the left, which was presumably a symbol of the family name. The name means the same as "Türer," the German translation of "Ajto" (door), their place of origin Ajtos near Gyula, the capital of the Békés district.