Lucas Cranach the Elder 1472 – 1553


oil on panel (81 × 114 cm) — 1530 Museum Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Lucas Cranach the Elder biography

This work is linked to Genesis 2:25

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This panel shows a number of tableaux from Genesis.

Background, center: Eve is created out of one of Adam's ribs. On the foreground the two are addressed by God, who often made a stroll through the Garden.

Background, center-right: Eve has Adam take a bite from the forbidden fruit. Suddenly they are ashamed of their nudity, and hide behind a bush. But the archangel finds them and chases them out of the Garden (background left).

One might be tempted to think that Cranach used rubber dolls as models for Adam and Eve, as they don't seem to have any bones.

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