17507: Alma…, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
17507: Alma…
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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

17507: Alma…, 1638


Platte / Stein
162 x 116 mm
Inventory Number
5762 D
Acquisition
Ancient Holdings (Collections J. F. Städel or J. G. Grambs)
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

Texts

About the Work

The Bible relates how Adam and Eve, the first humans, violated God's prohibition to eat the fruit of the "tree of knowledge" and how they were subsequently driven out of paradise. Here Rembrandt has dealt precisely with the psychology of this event. With a mischievous expression, Eve attempts to bite into the apple, while Adam anxiously tries to hold her back, which in turn infuriates the devil-dragon in the tree. The (warning?) trumpeting elephant in the background can be understood as a symbol of virtue. The etching is perhaps a replica of Dürer's famous copper engraving "Adam and Eve".

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
17507: Alma…
Artist
Period Produced
Object Type
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert auf der Platte unten Mitte: Rembrandt. f. 1638
Work Catalogues
  • Bartsch 28, II/II

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Ancient Holdings (Collections J. F. Städel or J. G. Grambs)

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Bibel, Altes Testament, Genesis 3,1-6

Iconclass

Primary
  • 71A422 Eve offers the fruit to Adam
  • 71A421 Eve takes the fruit from the serpent (or the tree) in the presence of Adam (who may be trying to stop her)
  • 71A32122 the tree of knowledge of good and evil (whose fruit, usually apples or figs, brings death); the tree may be guarded by the serpent
Secondary

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14.10.2020