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Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

1504

Albrecht Dürer

(German, 1471-1528)

Engraving

Sheet: 25.2 x 19.4 cm (9 15/16 x 7 5/8 in.); Image: 25 x 19.2 cm (9 13/16 x 7 9/16 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1944.473

Catalogue raisonné: Meder 1

State: II/III

Description

Dürer based Adam’s pose on the Apollo Belvedere, a Roman sculpture discovered in Italy during the late 1400s. He constructed the idealized bodies of Adam and Eve using geometry and a mathematical system of proportion loosely derived from ancient models. For Dürer, who mostly depicted Christian subjects, the creation of theoretically perfect human bodies was a pathway to comprehending the divine. He thus represented Adam and Eve as he understood them in both theological and artistic terms: moments before tasting the forbidden fruit, they are still uncorrupted by sin and death, existing in a state of faultless beauty.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Engraving
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Engraving
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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