The Women's Bath

A work made of woodcut in black, with touches of brush and black ink, on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of woodcut in black, with touches of brush and black ink, on cream laid paper.

Date:

1530/40

Artist:

Sebald Beham
German, 1500-1550

About this artwork

Sebald Beham’s woodcut homage to Albrecht Dürer’s Men’s Bath (2009.133, displayed nearby) intentionally features more figures and far more nudity than the original. Its round shape suggests it was meant to be pasted onto a box. Other impressions of the Women’s Bath include a total of five decorative bands, which the user could cut off to make the design fit its support. This impression has been trimmed to the most central white border, a change that emphasizes the central narrative scene over the broader ornamental framework. The large box it adorned might have contained bathing accessories (combs, sponges, and brushes) like those depicted in this genre scene.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Hans Sebald Beham

Title

The Women's Bath

Origin

Germany

Date

1525–1545

Medium

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

Dimensions

229 × 229 mm (image/block/sheet)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

Reference Number

2010.518

Extended information about this artwork

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