The Men's Bath

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

Date:

1496/97

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

Albrecht Dürer’s Men’s Bath has been interpreted in many ways—from a humanist ode to Italian nudes to a group of portraits including three potential views of Dürer and one of his best friend, the rotund Willibald Pirckheimer. The waterline is only ankle-deep for the standing figures, while the seated pair in the foreground is more submerged; a Dürer look-alike controls the strategically placed pump. This large-scale woodcut was published shortly after a 1496 edict closed the bathhouses in Dürer’s hometown of Nuremberg, around the time of both an outbreak of syphilis and a drought. It may therefore be a protest against the edict, or perhaps a nostalgic look at idyllic bathing activities of days past.

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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

The Men's Bath

Origin

Germany

Date

1496–1497

Medium

Woodcut in black on buff laid paper

Dimensions

383 x 278 mm (image/sheet, trimmed within block)

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1927.2906

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Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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