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Adam and Eve

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.




Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

Albrecht Dürer’s engraving Adam and Eve exhibits the extraordinary detail and tonal range of which he was capable. The print’s meticulously described landscape and its symbolism are derived from late medieval art, while Dürer’s fascination with the canons of classical proportion and anatomy (Adam is posed like the Apollo Belvedere, while Eve recalls classical statues of Venus) comes from his study of Italian Renaissance art.


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Albrecht Dürer


Adam and Eve


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1504


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


The 'cartellino' in the tree on the left is inscribed with Dürer's monogram, the date 1504, and the words "Albertus Durer Noricus Faciebat."


Image: 25 × 19.3 cm (9 7/8 × 7 5/8 in.); Sheet: 25.3 × 19.6 cm (10 × 7 3/4 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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