Titian 1487/90 – 1576

The Fall

oil on canvas (240 × 186 cm) — c. 1550 Museum Museo del Prado, Madrid

Titian biography

This work is linked to Genesis 3:6

Eve takes a fruit from the tree, even though God had explicitly forbidden her and Adam to do so. She is tempted by a snake in the tree. Adam, sitting, seems to try to stop her.

Titian probably got the idea of showing Adam seated from a fresco by Raphael in the Stanza della Signatura.

The fox behind Eve is considered to be a symbol of the devil.

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