DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

Male Nude with a Glass and Snake, so-called Asclepius

c. 1500
Pen drawing, green ink, 325 x 205 mm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

This pen drawing of the so-called Asclepius, the classical god of medicine, is one of Dürer's earliest studies of proportion. The design sketch proves that the figure was originally laid out as a study of proportion. The muscular detail of the body is similar to that of Adam in the copper engraving dating from 1504.