Hans Baldung

Eve, the Serpent and Death

c. 1510-1515
Concealing the apple behind her, Eve glances coquettishly at Adam, who has transformed into a rotting corpse. Death himself, he plucks another fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. With the Serpent – the Devil – the three are intimately bound together by touch, grasp, bite and embrace, giving physical expression to the sin that condemned humanity to mortality. The scene is double-edged: Baldung assumes the male viewer takes pleasure in Eve’s beauty, exposing his moral corruption.
Artist
Title
Eve, the Serpent and Death
Date
c. 1510-1515
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on wood, likely linden
Dimensions
64 x 32.5 cm
Nationality
German
Credit line
Purchased 1972
Accession number
17011

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