The fall, Hugo van der Gus, around 1480
- Posted by Hugo van der Gus
- Museum: Museum of the History of Art (Vienna)
- Year: Around 1480
Description of the picture :
The fall is Hugo van der Gus. Around 1480
On one part of this diptych, presumably written after 1479.van der Gus gives his interpretation of the fall of Adam and Eve, on the other – depicts the mourning of Christ, and generally sets the viewer up to reflect on human sin and the sacrifice necessary for its atonement.
The Garden of Eden, in the center of which we see the carefully written Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, is a traditional image of a green paradise. Iris and the catchment growing before Adam and Eve are flowers that are associated with the Virgin Mary and the Holy Spirit. Thus, the picture shows a hint of their future role in saving the sinful human race from the consequences of the taste of the forbidden fruit. According to the misogynistic medieval concept of Livestock, the body of the lizard and the female head are given the serpent. His exquisite hairstyle (the trait inherent in corrupt women) contrasts with Eve’s loose hair.
ADAM AND EVA. According to the Old Testament, God created Adam from the dust of the earth in his own image and likeness and breathed life into him. Then he placed Adam in the Garden of Eden, forbidding the fruits of the Tree of Knowledge. God created Eve from the rib of Adam to be his wife. Zmiy persuaded Eve to know good and evil, having tasted the forbidden fruit; Eve, in turn, convinced Adam to try this fruit. At the same moment, their eyes opened and, having experienced shame, they covered their nudity with fig leaves. In punishment for original sin, God expelled Adam and Eve from Eden.
The creation, temptation and fallout of Adam and Eve were popular subjects in the visual art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, because with their help it was possible to express the need of people to atone for their sins through Christ. Pictures on these topics were often created in cycles.