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Adam and Eve

Albrecht Dürer, 1504
Adam and Eve, Albrecht Dürer
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Adam and Eve is a Northern Renaissance Engraving Print created by Albrecht Dürer in 1504. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Adam and Eve, Print, Hatching & Cross Hatching and Contrapposto. SourceDownload

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).

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A humanizing look at Albrecht Dürer as clever businessman, budding scientist, and of course, genius engraver by historian Norbert Wolf. Includes a catalog raisonne of Dürer's paintings, a nice bonus.

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