Albrecht Dürer, Adam and Eve

Albrecht Dürer, Adam and Eve

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)
Adam and Eve
Germany
1504
Engraving on paper
Museum no. E.581-1940

Albrecht Dürer made many preparatory drawings for this print. Adam and Eve stand in pale contrast to the dark forest behind them; Eve is taking the fruit offered to her by the serpent, and Adam stretches out his arm to receive it from her. In the other hand Eve conceals a bitten apple. The details of the figures and foliage are exquisitely depicted in minute lines and cross-hatching. Both Adam and Eve have delicately depicted curling hair and they stand almost mirroring each other in their classical poses. This fine print displays the artist's virtuoso mastery of the engraving technique. It is the only print by Dürer to include his full name inscribed alongside the customary monogram (AD) and the date.