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Adam and Eve, 1504 — Albrecht Dürer, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Adam and Eve

Albrecht Dürer

Adam and Eve

Albrecht Dürer was obsessed with proportion and symbolism. In this engraving, Adam holds a mountain ash branch, the tree of life, while Eve holds a fig branch — the forbidden tree of knowledge.

The two figures stand in the classical Greek contrapposto posture, their bodies reflecting Dürer’s theory of perfect human geometry, described in his book Vier Bücher von menschlichen Proportion (Four books of human proportion).

Submitted by Reed Engermetmuseum.org
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