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Study of a nude man turned to front, traced through from verso; his right arm extended to the side. 1526
Pen and black ink, with light green wash, on three conjoined sheets
Verso: Study of a nude man turned to front, his left arm extended to the side, with lines of construction
Pen and black ink
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Height: 450 millimetres
Width: 248 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This study for a male figure is traced through from a proportion study in outline on the verso of the sheet with watercolour and hatching added to indicate depth, in the manner that Dürer had done on his earlier proportion studies (see Sl, 5218.182, 1846,0908.10 and 11). With a companion drawing of a 'Study of a Nude Man in Profile', which is similarly traced through from an outline drawing divided into sections on the verso and dated 1526 (see Sl,5218.185) the drawing was executed in connection with Dürer's book, 'Four Books on Human Proportion', where it is illustrated in book IV (signature x, verso; see 1858,0626.652.2).
The way in which the neck of this figure has been represented as though it is a collar is similar to other figures in book IV of his publication on human proportion, and suggests that Dürer had in mind the use of jointed dolls for his study of the human figure in motion. This practice is known to have been in use in Italy from about the middle of the fifteenth century, and examples of jointed wooden dolls have survived in German collections from the early sixteenth century, such as the South German female doll of about 1520 in the Skulpturengalerie, Berlin (see M. Mende, 'Albrecht Dürer - ein Künstler in seiner Stadt', exh.cat. Stadtmuseum Fembohaus, Nuremberg, 2000, pp.422f, no.116).'
Watermark: crowned letter L within a crowned shield, with a petal above and a letter b suspended below (similar to Piccard 28632, Frankfurt am Main, 1520). The same watermark is seen in R.247 and 253.
Lit from J. Rowlands 'Drawings by German Artists and Artists from German- speaking regions of Europe in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum: the Fifteenth Century,and the Sixteenth Century by Artists born before 1530', London, BM Press, 1993, no. 252: Hausmann, Naumann's Archiv, p. 42, no. 186; Hausmann, p. 113, no. 160; A. Weixlgärtner, Festschrift Wickhoff, pp. 81f.; Pauli, p. 42, no. 1194 or 1195; BM Guide, 1928, p. 29, no. 283; Lippmann, vii, p. 25, nos. 871, 874, repr.; Flechsig, Dürer, ii, p. 472; Tietze, iii, p. 56, nos. 943-4, repr.; Winkler, Dürer, iv, p. 98, nos. 930, 932, repr.; Panofsky, ii, pp. 155f., nos. 1657-8; Rupprich, iii, p. 122; Rowlands, Dürer, p. 47, no. 305; Strauss, iv, p. 2344, nos. 1526/26-27, repr.
Additional Lit: G.Bartrum, 'Albrecht Dürer and his Legacy', exhibition catalogue, London, BM, 2002, no. 171
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1928 BM London, Guide Woodcuts, Drawings of A. Dürer, no. 283
1960 BM, Sloane Drawings, (no cat.)
1971 BM, Dürer, no.305
1997 Oct-Nov, London, Royal College of Art, 'The Quick and the Dead'
1998 Jan-Mar, Warwick, Mead Gallery, 'The Quick and the Dead'
1998 Mar-May, Leeds, City Art Gallery, 'The Quick and the Dead'
1998 Jun-Sep, Geneva, Musee d'Art et d'Histoire, 'The Quick and the Dead'
2002/3 Dec-Mar, BM, Dürer and his Legacy, no. 171
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: C,07.186