Masaccio 1401 – 1428

Adam and Eve Expelled from Paradise

fresco (height: 255 cm) — 1424-25 Museum Brancacci Chapel, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence

Masaccio biography

This work is linked to Genesis 3:24

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before the cleaningThe moment Adam and Eve are driven from Paradise, they realize that they are naked. This is the first time that they feel shame.

Prudish church officials probably were responsible for the fig leaves that were added to cover intimate parts. The leaves were removed when the painting was cleaned in 1988.

Eve appears to be carrying all the suffering in the world. Adam holds his hands before his eyes in order not to look at her.

This large fresco in the Brancacci Chapel surely must have impressed Masaccio's contemporaries.

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