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The Fall of Man (Adam and Eve)

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Dürer's "Adam and Eve" presents human bodies according to the ideals of the Italian Renaissance. The image is also dense with late-medieval symbolism. The animals in the foreground represent characteristics of the four "humors": melancholy (the elk), sensuality (the rabbit), cruelty (the cat),...

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Provenance

Friedrich August II (Lugt 971); Tomás Harris (England, 1908-1964); purchased through P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., London by MFA April 10,1968

Credit Line

Museum purchase with a Centennial Gift from Landon T. Clay

1504

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch (intaglio) 001; Meder 1, II, a

Dimensions

Platemark: 25.2 x 19.4 cm (9 15/16 x 7 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

68.187

Medium or Technique

Engraving

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