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Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

The Bath House c.1496

RCIN 800195

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Bath houses were communal meeting places for both washing and socialising. Here, Dürer shows the visitors to a male bath house drinking and listening to music. The man seated drinking may be a portrait of Dürer’s friend, the scholar Willibald Pirckheimer, while the figure leaning against the suggestive standpipe resembles the artist himself.