Adam and Eve

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1638

Artist:

Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606-1669

About this artwork

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn's etching of Adam and Eve, depicts the story of the first Man and Woman with descriptive, wiry lines that create an evocative atmosphere. Shown at the moment of temptation, the couple is surrounded by light that seems about to be blotted out by the dark tree branch and leering serpent (the devil) stretching ominously above them. With their fleshy bodies and ordinary faces (so far removed from Dürer's idealized pair), Rembrandt's Adam and Eve are easy to identify with; their confusion, temptation, and choice become ours.

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Artist

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

Title

Adam and Eve

Origin

Holland

Date

1638

Medium

Etching on ivory laid paper

Inscriptions

Recto, in plate, lower center: "Rembrandt f. 1638"

Dimensions

162 x 116 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Marjorie Blum Kovler Foundation Collection and the Harry and Maribel G. Blum Foundation Collection

Reference Number

1987.247

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