May 9, 2006

Adam and Eve in Paradise

Adam and Eve in Paradise


Lucas Cranach

(German, 1472-1553)


Image: 33.5 x 23 cm (13 3/16 x 9 1/16 in.); Sheet: 33.5 x 23 cm (13 3/16 x 9 1/16 in.)

Gift of Ralph King 1925.115

Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein 1



Characteristic of German Renaissance art, Cranach’s print reflects an interest in the natural world. Here, a lion and stag—natural enemies resting together peacefully—symbolize an earthly paradise moments before Adam and Eve taste the forbidden fruit, believed to be the cause of humankind’s sinful nature and mortality. In this woodcut, Cranach used curving black lines to emulate the natural qualities of animal fur. His brushstrokes in the nearby painting Hunting near Hartenfels Castle illustrate deer with a similar sense of realism.

See also
PR - Woodcut
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Gift of Ralph King

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