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Arm of Eve

Arm of Eve

1507
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The blue paper that Dürer used to make this drawing was a specialty of Venetian paper makers in the 16th century, who achieved the color by infusing the paper pulp with dyed fibers.

Description

Arm of Eve is the only surviving preparatory drawing for Dürer’s life-size panels of Adam and Eve in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. It is also one of the few surviving drawings by the artist made on Venetian blue paper, a support he began to use for his chiaroscuro studies while visiting Venice in the winter of 1506–7. 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.
  • ?-1818/23
    Joseph Grünling (1875-1845), Vienna (Lugt 1107).
    ?-1888
    Alfred Ritter von Franck (1808-1884), Vienna/Graz (Lugt 947)
    ca. 1884
    With Amsler & Ruthardt, Berlin
    ?-1888
    Ferdinand Meder, New York; his sale "with Mr. C. Klackner", New York, 1888
    ?-1899
    Edward Habich (1818-1901), Kassel; his sale, Gutekunst-Auction, Stuttgart, 27 April 1899, lot 236;
    1899-1926
    Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna (property of Archduke Friedrich of Austria) (Lugt 174)
    ca. 1926-ca. 1938
    Eugene Meyer (1875-1959), Washington, DC
    1938
    with Arthur H. Harlow & Co., New York
    1938
    with Walter Schatzki, New York;
    1938-?
    Frits Lugt (1884-1970), Paris/The Hague
    1965
    with Richard H. Zinser, New York.
    1965-
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Exhibition of Albert Dürer's Engravings, Etchings, and Dry-Points: And of Most of the Woodcuts Executed from His Designs : November 15, 1888 to January 15, 1889. Boston: Printed for the museum by A. Mudge & Son, 1888. Mentioned: p. 75, no. 278
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    Lee, Sherman E.. Selected Works: Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1966. Mentioned: p. 133
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    Johnson, Mark M. Idea to Image: Preparatory Studies from the Renaissance to Impressionism. Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1980. Mentioned: p. 35-36; reproduced: p. 36, fig. 32
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