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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.




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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Rembrandt van Rijn


Adam and Eve


Holland (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching on ivory laid paper


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


16.2 × 11.6 cm (6 7/16 × 4 5/8 in.)

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

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