“Adam and Eve”, Albrecht Dührer – overview of the painting

“Adam and Eve”, Albrecht Dührer – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Albrecht Durer
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: 1507

Overview of the painting :

Adam and Eve – Albrecht Durer. Wood, butter.
   The hearts and minds of European artists long burned with a gentle trepidation to the image of Adam and Eve – the first people on Earth. Everyone in his own way tried to comprehend the riddle of Eden, capture on the canvas of sin and silent temptation. Albrecht Durer was no exception. He creates his first engraving “Adam and Eve” in 1504, using a copper board as material. And then, after 3 years, he writes this picture.

   Despite the banal plot, the picture is unique. The point is the history of creation and what it actually tells the viewer. Durer took up work after his trip to Italy, where he had the opportunity to get acquainted with the works of Italian geniuses. These included figures such as Leonardo da Vinci and Rafael.

   Albrecht Durer transferred the ideas of the Italian revival to the revival of German: unique, peculiar and distinctive. Adam and Eve are depicted in the best traditions of the Renaissance: the proportions of the body are perfectly observed, the heroes take elegant poses, the lines of their bodies are soft, chucked.

Adam is depicted as muscular, strong. Perhaps when creating his figure, Dührer was inspired by the physique of ancient Apollo.

Eve is largely like Adam, her body is also full of strength and health, but you should note: the corners of her figure are smoothed, she looks softer and more tender, flirty. Following the biblical canon, Eve is leaning against the branches of the Tree of Knowledge by the tempter.

   Both characters are shown by Durer as if in the languid prime of love – butons bloom with the same grace and grace.

   It is worth recalling that Albrecht Durer was an extremely religious person, and for him a similar image of the beauty of people was sacred, because God created people in his own image and likeness. This explains the perfection of Adam and Eve, but the “earthly” details can also be found in them: the artist depicted both heroes with a belly button.

   The work “Adam and Eve” became a cult for the Northern Renaissance, like many other works of Dührer, surprising in a combination of German rigor and sacred solemnity.