Adam and Eve (Fall of Man)

This black and white print has a long vertical format showing two nude figures standing in front of a tree trunk. The female is holding an apple in each hand and has her left foot resting on a tablet with the letters HGB. Her face is turned to look at the figure behind her. This figure holds her shoulder with one hand and with the other places a leafy branch in front of her genitalia. On the bottom left corner is a date 1519.
Hans Baldung Grien
This woodcut print depicts a scene from the Book of Genesis in the Bible, Genesis 3:1-7. After Adam and Eve have eaten the forbidden fruit, they are aware of the nakedness and cover themselves with fig leaves. The gestures of the figures suggest the erotic aspects of Adam and Eve's post-fall state of sin.
Museum Purchase
Sunday, December 16, 2018