Eight Nude Boys

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1520/50

Artist:

Sebald Beham
German, 1500-1550

About this artwork

Beham produced so many tiny engravings that he was known as a Little Master. Several of his ornamental subjects are round in shape, including this one. He packed a surprising number of mischievous boys into this small space, perhaps suggesting a visit to a bathhouse like the one in the woodcut nearby (2010.518). The boy with the boots, seemingly the ringleader, has taken hold of the central boy with malicious intent.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Hans Sebald Beham

Title

Eight Nude Boys

Origin

Germany

Date

1520–1550

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

53 x 53 mm (image/sheet, trimmed to plate mark)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer

Reference Number

1920.1206

Extended information about this artwork

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