Men’s Bath (detail, Supposed Self Portrait) (1497) by Albrecht Durer

Men's Bath (detail, Supposed Self Portrait) - Albrecht Durer - 1497

Artwork Information

TitleMen's Bath (detail, Supposed Self Portrait)
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Men's Bath (detail, Supposed Self Portrait)

The artwork “Men’s Bath (detail, Supposed Self Portrait)” by Albrecht Dürer, dated 1497, belongs to the Northern Renaissance art movement. It is classified as a self-portrait. This detail shows a group of men in what appears to be a communal bathing scene. The focal point is a nude male figure in the center, who is playing a flute-like instrument. His hair is curly and his facial features are well-defined, with a distinct gaze that seems to be directed outward, possibly at the viewer.

The detail captures the intricate linework characteristic of Dürer’s prints, exemplifying the precision and delicate shading techniques that are hallmarks of his oeuvre. The other figures appear engaged in various forms of interaction or in the process of bathing, contributing to the dynamic and realistic portrayal of this everyday activity. Although nominally a self-portrait, this artwork serves to convey a broader narrative about social customs and leisure activities during the Renaissance period.

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