Adam and Eve
Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553)
Oil on panel
Width: 99.8 cm ( frame ); Depth: 13 cm ( frame ); Height: 136.4 cm ( frame ); Width: 80.8 cm ( panel ); Height: 117.1 cm ( panel );
Signed and dated, within image & recto (on the
central tree trunk), winged serpent monogram, 1526 //
Acquisition (source, method, date)
Lee of Fareham, Arthur Hamilton (1st Viscount); bequest; 1947
About this work
Adam and Eve are depicted at the fateful moment of temptation as Eve hands the apple to a bewildered Adam, whilst the serpent, entwined in the tree above, looks on. The finely painted menagerie of animals heightens this seductive vision of Paradise. Cranach and his workshop made over fifty versions of this subject. This panel’s high quality and unique iconography suggest it was commissioned by an erudite patron, perhaps a humanist scholar.
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