Cranach - The Fall of Man
The Fall of Man
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberAT_KHM_GG3523
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FR (1978) No.FR357B
The Fall of Man[CDA 2011]
Adam and Eve[Cat. Vienna 1972, No. 20]
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Lucas Cranach the Elder [Kunsthistorisches Museum, revised 2011]
after 1537[Kunsthistorisches Museum, revised 2011]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
RepositoryKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Dimensions of support: 51.5 (l.) 51.6 (r.) x 35.2 (t.) 35.4 (b.) cm; (black painted battens glued to all four sides (8-9 mm wide)) Dimensions of the painted surface: 50.7 x 35.2 cm Dimensions including the frame: 62 cm x 46 cm x 4 cm (6.5 cm including the climate box) [Kunsthistorisches Museum, revised 2011]
Painting on beech wood (Fagus sp.) [Kunsthistorisches Museum, revised 2011]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia bottom: winged serpent with dropped wings; in brown paint [Kunsthistorisches Museum, revised 2011]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Reverse of the panel: - top left: paper label, handwritten in brown ink: '58. 1833. Depot Ambras.' (adde in pencil...illegible) - top edge: in black paint: '6 59 Nro' - top, centre: paper label, handwritten in brown ink: '59' - centre: in red chalk: '1459' - centre left, vertical: paper exhibition label, 1953: 'Graz. Deut.', added in blue pencil: '6 231' - bottom right as well as bottom edge, (only top half): paper label Belvedere, handwritten in brown ink: '2 St. 1Z 38' - bottom right: stamp: 'GI 1949' paper label: 'Gemäldegalerie des Allerhöchsten Kaiserhauses No. 3523' [Kunsthistorisches Museum, revised 2011]
Adam holds Eve around the waist and she puts an apple from the tree of knowledge to his lips. Eve has placed her right arm on Adam's shoulders and holds onto a branch of the tree with her left hand. The serpent is coiled around this very branch. A stag is visible in the background. [Görres, cda 2015]
- recorded in the imperial gallery (kaiserliche Gemäldegalerie), displayed by Engerth for the first time after 1891

[Kunsthistorisches Museum, revised 2011]
Vienna 1972, No. 20
Rome 2010, No. 42
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Rome 2010260 - 261No. 42Pl. p. 261
Schoen 2001
Reiter 199442, Fn. 20
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979141357B
Exhib. Cat. Vienna 1972No. 20
Cat. Vienna 1938No. 1459
Cat. Vienna 1928No. 1459
Baldass 1922 B80
Frimmel 1917104-105
Cat. Vienna 1886No. 1473