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Adam and Eve, 1504

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471 - 1528
engraving on laid paper
24.6 x 19.3 cm
Purchased 1957
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6878)

The classical poses and frontality of the two protagonists are indicative of Dürer's concern with clarity of proportion. However, the image assumes its full meaning only through the teeming abundance of animal and plant symbolism, which refers to Original Sin and the Fall of Man, as described in the Book of Genesis. There is a large body of critical writing surrounding this engraving, and this proof is a particularly sharp impression of it.

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