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Albrecht Dürer

This drawing is closely related to Dürer’s studies in proportion executed in the years after 1500. His attempts to achieve the ideal depiction of the male and female form initially culminated, in 1504, in the copper engraving Adam and Eve. Apollo is shown as a full-figure study, his gaze turned towards the sun, which is cupped in the palm of his raised right hand in the form of a small globe. In his lowered left hand he holds his bow and presses arrows and quiver against his hip. This study came into the possession of the Collection by a lucky chance. Today, superbly well preserved, it represents the highlight of the museum's relatively modest collection of drawings by old masters.

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)
Apollo, 1500–05
Pen drawing
Legat von David Hess im Beckenhof 1843
Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)
Apollo, 1500–05
Pen drawing
Legat von David Hess im Beckenhof 1843