The relief of a female nude seen from behind follows a composition by the great painter and engraver Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528). His style was revived in South Germany in the decades around 1600. Although it is dated "1507" and inscribed with the famous Dürer monogram "AD," the proto-Baroque softness of the nude's body indicates that it was carved during this so-called Dürer Renaissance. The object may be identical with a "female nude cut in stone by AD" in the 1607–11 inventory of the collection of Emperor Rudolf II.
Inscription: On pedestal: 1509 / AD [monogram]
Birkenstock ; Brentano ; Eugen Felix (until 1886; Felix sale, Casino, Cologne, October 25, 1886, no. 884); Charles Stein , Paris ; Thomas Gibson Carmichael (until 1902; his sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, May 12–13, 1902, no. 19; sold to Durlacher Brothers); [ Durlacher Brothers , London and New York, until May 12, 1902; sold for £600 to Morgan ]; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (1902–17; to MMA)