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.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Hans Sebald Beham
- The Women's Bath
- Woodcut in black, with touches of brush and black ink, on cream laid paper
- Signed with artist's monogram, upper center of image: "HSB"; inscribed verso, upper center, in pen and black ink: "Hans Sebald Beham"; in graphite: "B167 / HSB" (encircled); lower left, in pen and black ink: "N / 20"; in pen and blue ink: "Peter Lely"
- 229 × 229 mm (image/block/sheet)
- The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund