Cranach - Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve
Follower of Lucas Cranach the Elder
Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberCZ_NGP_O10009
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Adam and Eve[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 22]
Follower of Lucas Cranach the Elder[Cat. Prague 2007, no. 22]
Workshop of Antonius Heusler ?[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, no. 25] [Cat. Prague 2007, no. 22]
Antonius Heusler [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016, 157, no. 21] [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, no. 25]
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about 1555[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016, 157, no. 21] [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, no. 25]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerNárodní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
RepositoryNárodní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
Dimensions of support: 47.5 x 35 cm [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 22]
Painting on lime wood [Klein Report, 08.04.2013] [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 22]
Signature / Date:
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Verso of the panel: - paper label 'Cit. B. Nr. 4' - on the frame, paper label 'FIDEICOMMISS DUX-OBERLEUTNERSDORF Nr. 132' [= Waldstein Inventory 1895] [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, No. 25]
Adam is shown sitting on a pedestal under the tree of knowledge. A serpent winds itself around a branch of the tree. Eve stands to Adam's right and supports her right knee on the pedestal, her left leg is stretched out on the grass. She grasps the branch with the serpent in her left hand and puts her right arm around Adam's neck, offering him the apple. Adam holds another apple in his right hand. Their bodies appear anatomically incorrect and are strangely amorphous, the splayed out big toes of the left feet are particularly conspicuous. [Görres, cda 2014]
- a handwritten inventory from 1823 is the first record of the painting in the Waldstein collection
- after 1919 it was placed in the Chateau of Doksy and Jeleni Hora
- acquired in 1949 (transferred from the National Cultural commission in Mnichovo Hradiste), it comes from the Waldstein painting collection, Duchcov Chateau

[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, No. 25]
Prague 2005, no. 25
Prague 2016, no. 21
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Prague 201641, 154-15721Figs. pp. 41, 154, 155
Cat. Prague 20074822
Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005106-107 (English version 41)25Pl. p. 107
Chamonikola 2005 B24-26 (English version 11, 12)
Šafarík, Preiss 19671116
Šimák 192043
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.06.2014
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Follower of Lucas Cranach the Elder - Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague) - Adam and Eve - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing

    - fluid, black medium and brush

    - schematic freehand underdrawing
    - thin to slightly broader lines

    - roughly binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours and describe some essential details and the facial features; no representation of volume

    - alterations made during the painting process to clearly define form; numerous small changes


    - not possible

    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2014]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
    • Date: 08.04.2013
    • Scientific analysis
    • Identification of wood species / Dendrochronology
    • Support
    • Identification of wood species: lime wood
      [Klein Report, 08.04.2013]
      • examined by: Peter Klein
      History of Restoration:
      • Date: 2005
      • - the final glazes are missing on the figures of Adam and Eve - the painting is abraded in places [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, No. 25]
      • conservation treatment by: Marie Sklenárová
      • conservation treatment by: Jana Raslová