The Men’s Bath

A work made of woodcut in black on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of woodcut in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

1496/97

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

Albrecht Dürer’s strikingly modern woodcut of men relaxing at an open-air bath boasts deep, dark ink and a warm, creamy paper tone suited to its celebration of naked flesh. This impression looks much the way it would have when it came off Dürer’s press around 1497. While others might have been posted on walls, perhaps at bathhouses, this particular Men’s Bath appears to have largely escaped handling until close to the present day. While ostensibly a genre scene, the print may protest the Nuremberg Council’s 1496 edict forbidding the town’s residents to visit bathhouses after an outbreak of syphilis and a drought.

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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

The Men’s Bath

Origin

Germany

Date

1496–1497

Medium

Woodcut in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

392 × 283 mm (image/sheet, trimmed within block)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

Reference Number

2009.133

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