About this artwork
For most of his long career, Lucas Cranach the Elder was court painter to the Elector of Saxony. Although the general placement of Adam and Eve in these paintings reflects the influence of Albrecht Dürer’s renowned classicizing treatment of the same subject in paintings and prints, Cranach’s slender, undulating figures conform to the contemporary courtly ideals of beauty. This pair is one of the finest of the many versions of the subject made by Cranach and his workshop.
- Lucas Cranach, the Elder
- Oil on panel
- Panel: 107.5 × 36.4 cm (42 5/16 × 14 5/16 in.); Painted Surface: 105.7 × 36.4 cm (41 5/8 × 14 5/16 in.)
- Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection