The author undoubtedly knew the versions of Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) and Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) who contributed to the fame of this ambivalent subject, both moralistic and also eye-catching. of the spectator on the nudity of the characters.
These first representations of the nude north of the Alps, inspired by the circles of the Humanists of Wittenberg, were indeed intended to both seduce and warn the viewer. Unlike the models of Dürer or Cranach, the artist here shows the bodies of the first man and the first woman against a neutral background instead of placing them in a thick forest animated by various wild animals.
References / References: - Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), Adam and Eve, copper engraving 1504, Brussels, Royal Library of Belgium, Cabinet des Estampes (Inv.No. P. l.13958). - Lucas of Leiden (1494-1533), Adam and Eve, copper engraving, circa 1506, Brussels, Royal Library of Belgium, Cabinet of Prints (No. Inv., Fol., Res., SS, 57661. - Lucas Cranach Old (1472-1553), Adam and Eve, engraved wood, 1509, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Rijksprentenkabinet, Inv.
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