The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of July 29, 2016

Arm of Eve, 1507

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.

signed, center right, in gray ink: 1507 / [artist monogram: AD]; verso, lower left, in graphite: Nro 24. F 13 z. [bn?] 10zgL.

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)

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