The Men's Bath

Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

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While Dürer devoted most of his woodblock prints to widely circulated book illustrations, The Men’s Bath is an independent subject without text. It shows his skill in depicting male anatomy at different ages and in contrasting poses.

The four foreground figures are identifiable as Dürer on the left and three of his friends, each holding an emblem of one of the four temperaments that affected human nature. Dürer, with a rooster, represents melancholy, the artistic temperament.

Purchased by the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, for the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields in 1992.

Object Information

Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
creation date
about 1497
ink on paper, woodblock print
15-1/2 x 11-1/8 in. (image and sheet)
24 x 18 x 3/4 in. (framed/glazed)
mark descriptions
Watermark: Imperial Orb (Meder 53)
accession number
credit line
Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Public Domain
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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