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Artist
Albrecht Dürer
Title
Adam and Eve
Date
1504
Medium
engraving on paper
Dimensions
Sheet: 9 3/4 × 7 1/2 inches (24.8 × 19.1 cm)Framed: 22 9/16 × 16 5/8 × 1/2 inches (57.3 × 42.2 × 1.3 cm)
Tags
Print
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Julianna Waring.
Accession Number
1972.23.8
A pivotal figure in the Northern European Renaissance, Albrecht Dürer was a German painter and printmaker who introduced Italian Renaissance ideals of form and perspective to northern European art. Dürer is also credited with technical and stylistic advances in printmaking, having pushed the woodcut and engraving processes to new heights of refinement and complexity.

Adam and Eve blends the northern tendency toward meticulous surface detail with the concern for ideal proportion and linear perspective characteristic of the Italian Renaissance. The figures of Adam and Eve are informed by classical Greco-Roman sculpture. The setting for this ancient Biblical scene, however —a dense forest populated by a variety of closely observed creatures—is wholly northern.