The Fall of Man

A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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

Date:

1509

Artist:

Lucas Cranach the Elder
German, 1472-1553

About this artwork

In this scene from the biblical story of Adam and Eve, Eve is tempted by the serpent above her head to pluck forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. By consuming the fruit, Adam and Eve disobey God, who punishes them with toil, pain, mortality, and exile from Eden. Lucas Cranach here emphasized Eve’s responsibility for the Fall by depicting her as dominant over Adam and the animals in Eden. Eve stands over her submissive husband, supplying him with fruit while encircling his effeminately rounded shoulders with her arm.

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Artist

Lucas Cranach, the Elder

Title

The Fall of Man

Origin

Germany

Date

1509

Medium

Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

345 x 240 mm (image/block/sheet)

Credit Line

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

Reference Number

1962.113

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