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Adam and Eve

1526

Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553)

Oil on panel

Height: 117.1 cm ( panel ); Width: 80.8 cm ( panel ); Height: 136.4 cm ( frame ); Width: 99.8 cm ( frame ); Depth: 13 cm ( frame );

Inscription
Signed and dated, within image, recto (on the central tree trunk), winged serpent monogram, 1526 //

Acquisition
Lee of Fareham, Arthur Hamilton (1st Viscount); bequest; 1947
P.1947.LF.77

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. (Permanent collection label)



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