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.