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Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve, 1504 — Albrecht Dürer
25.1 cm20 cm

Adam and Eve is a Northern Renaissance, Engraving Printmaking created by Albrecht Dürer in 1504. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is available via Institutional Open Content, and tagged Adam and Eve. Source

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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