Cranach - Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberCZ_NGP_DO5380
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Adam and Eve[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 11]
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, no. 16] [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 11]
Lucas Cranach the Elder and workshop[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016, 85, No. 7]
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about 1538[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, no. 17] [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 11] [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016, 85, No. 7]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerNárodní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
RepositoryNárodní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
Dimensions of support: 50 x 34.5 cm [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 11]
Painting on lime wood [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 11] [Klein Report, 26.06.1998]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia bottom right: winged serpent with folded wings [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 11]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Verso, top left on the frame, a paper label with the number 'c. kat. 2' [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 11]
Adam and Eve are depicted as full-length figures in front of a bushy backdrop framed on the left by the tree of knowledge. Eve holds a branch with her left hand and leans her bent right leg against the tree. She turns to Adam, who stands on her left and appears to bite into the apple that Eve holds out to him. He looks out of the painting and holds a branch, the leaves of which cover the figures private parts. His left hand rests on Eve's shoulder. [Görres, cda 2014]
- the painting was first recorded in the Cistercian Monastery in Osek near Duchov at the beginning of the 19th century
- acquired in 1945 from the Cistercian Monastery in Osek

[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 11]
Sofia 1970, no. 2
Tokyo 1980, no. 22
Prague 2004, no. 125
Prague 2005, no. 17
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Prague 201625, 82-857Figs. pp. 25, 82, 83
Cat. Prague 200734-3511
Exhib. Cat. Prague 200588-89, 106 (English version 36, 41)17Pl. p. 89
Kotkova 2005 A10 (English version 5)Fig. p. 10 (detail)
Chamonikola 2005 B24-26 (English version 11, 12)
Kotkova 2005 B43, 44 (English version 19, 20)
Exhib. Cat. Prague 2004140125
Schoen 2001206-207
Kotalík 1988204-205
Kotalík 1984207-208
Exhib. Cat. Tokyo 198022
Exhib. Cat. Sofia 19702
Cat. Prague 19601591
Cat. Prague 19491487
Exhib. Cat. Brüx 192856217
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.06.2014
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared Reflectography
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague) - Adam and Eve - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing

    - fluid, black medium and brush

    - freehand underdrawing (only occasionally visible)
    - thin to slightly broader lines

    - relatively binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours; no representation of volume

    - minor alterations made during the painting process to clearly define form


    - not possible

    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2014]
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • Date: 29.06.1998
    • Scientific analysis
    • Identification of wood species / Dendrochronology
    • Identification of wood species: lime wood
      [Klein, Report 1998]
      • examined by: Peter Klein
      Condition Reports:
      • Date: 2007
      • - a wooden strip has been nailed horizontally to the reverse of the frame (at the centre) [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 11]
      • Bearbeiter/in: Daniel Görres
      History of Restoration:
      • Date: 30.06.1949
        • conservation treatment by: Karel Verselý