Female Nude Seen from Behind

Artist: After a composition by Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Date: early 17th century

Culture: Southern German

Medium: Honestone

Dimensions: H. 6 x W. 2-5/8 in. (15.2 x 6.7 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Miniature

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.467


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.