Selfportrait is the most famous painting by Durer. The history of this painting is also famous. In 1798 before the Napoleonic wars swept Europe, the painter, Wolfgang Küfner, who was later convicted of forging money, was commissioned to make a copy of Durer's self-portrait. Instead of the original portrait, he apparently returned a forgery of the picture, and this was at first not noticed in the turmoil of the French occupation. In 1805, Küfner offered the original painting to the directors of the Pinakothek Gallery in Munich - and art manager Maximilian bought it up at the price of 600 guilders. Thus to this day, the Alte Pinakothek in Munich displays a major work of European art history which was perhaps stolen. Almost ten years before, in 1786, Nuremberg City Council purchased a high-quality copy of one of the famous self-portraits of art history, from the collection of Johann Georg von Hagen. This picture still has riddles, these important facts such as the artist, the date and, most importantly, the reason for painting this copy remain mysterious. Even the back of the painting, with a layer of tow -a coarse fibrous material - glued onto the panel, was constructed similar to that of the original. In both cases, the purpose was to stabilize the painting surface which consisted of several thin wooden panels. Furthermore, there is a story of a "Patriotic Copy." In 1801, the Napoleonic forces occupying the city requisitioned Dürer's famous self-portrait for the "Musée central" in Paris. But someone in Nuremberg had covertly replaced the original with this copy - and the French did not realize they had been tricked.