The Men's Bath, c. 1496-1497



Bequest of Herschel V. Jonesexpand_more  P.68.161

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Scantily clad men bathing and socializing was an unusual subject for a print in the 1400s. It may reflect Dürer’s interest in Italian Renaissance anatomical representation. It may also be a paean to homoeroticism. At least some of the men resemble known persons: the chubby beer drinker, Dürer’s humanist pal Willibald Pirckheimer; the foreground men with comb and flower, Nuremberg patricians and future Dürer patrons, brothers Lucas and Stephan Paumgärtner; the man leaning against the pump with the well-placed cock, Dürer himself, and the two musicians, perhaps self-portraits at younger ages. The onlooker in the background mirrors the voyeuristic role that Dürer assigns to those of us looking at this print.

The Men's Bath
Artist Life
Accession Number
Knoedler & Co., 1925
Catalogue Raisonne
B.128; M.266 a/f; Holl. 266
Curator Approved

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