About This Artwork

Hans Sebald Beham
German, 1500-1550

The Women's Bath, c. 1530/40

Woodcut in black, with touches of brush and black ink, on cream laid paper
229 x 229 mm

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund, 2010.518

Bartsch 167; Hollstein 1223; Pauli 1223

This woodcut’s round shape suggests it was meant to be pasted onto a box. Other impressions of the print include a total of five decorative bands, which the user could cut off to fit. This impression has been trimmed to the white border, an alteration emphasizing the central narrative scene over the broader ornamental framework. The large box it adorned might have contained bathing accessories like those depicted in this genre scene.

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