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The Temptation of Adam and Eve
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The Temptation of Adam and Eve

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Description The figures of Adam and Eve were carved separately and then set into the base. They are derived from Albrecht Dürer's enormously influential and often-copied engraving. Dürer himself based his representations of the first man, whom the Old Testament describes as made "in the image of God," on a then-famous antique statue of the Olympian god most known for his beauty, Apollo. The carver was probably not aware of the classical source for Dürer's Adam; he certainly made the proportions chunkier. In general, wood carvers were little influenced by the aesthetic norms of classical sculpture.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/1935Treatmentcleaned; mounted
11/19/1964Treatmentrepaired; examined for condition
7/28/1981Loan Considerationexamined for loan
2/22/1982Examinationexamined for conditon
10/28/1987Examinationexamined for condiiton
10/28/1987Treatmentcleaned; repaired
  • Durers Verwandlung in der Skulptur zwischen Renaissance und Barock. Staedtische Galerie Liebieghaus, Frankfurt am Main. 1981-1982.
Provenance [Paris]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1893 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1893

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1520-1540 (Renaissance)
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H: 4 5/16 x W: 3 11/16 in. (11 x 9.3 cm)


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