Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
point of brush and gray and black wash, brush and gray and black wash, heightened with white gouache, Sheet: 34.40 x 26.70 cm (13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches). Gift of Alan Kennedy 1965.470
Arm of Eve is the only surviving preparatory drawing for Dürer’s life-sized panels of Adam and Eve in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. With extraordinary economy of means-using only black and gray ink and a limited amount of wash and gouache for shading and heightening-Dürer suggested the grace and balance of the complete human form in this composition of a disembodied arm and hand. Such a study of a hand in ideal proportions cannot help but suggest the hand of the artist, a self-referential nod to his own abilities.
Boston 1888, 75, no. 278; cma 1966; Washington 1971, 17-18, 58-59, no. xv; Cleveland 1980, 35-36, fig. 32; cma 1982-83b; New York/Nuremberg 1986, 296, no. 122; Amsterdam/Cleveland 1992-93 (not in catalogue; Cleveland venue only).
The Cleveland Museum of Art (8/27/00 - 10/17/00); NY, NY: The Pierpont Morgan Library (5/24/01- 8/19/01); Museum of Fine Arts Houston (10/14/01 - 1/6/02); "Master Drawings from The Cleveland Museum of Art", exh. cat. no. 59, pp.148-149; p.292.
CMA, "Treasures on Paper from the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art" (Mar. 9, 2014-Jun. 8, 2014)