Cranach - Adam and Eve - The Fall of Man
Adam and Eve - The Fall of Man
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Sammlung Würth
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_SWK_9381
Persistent Link
FR (1978) No.FR431
Adam and Eve - The Fall of Man[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2008, 40]
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2008, 40] [Exhib. Cat. Hamburg 2003, No. 53]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerSammlung Würth
RepositorySammlung Würth
LocationSchwäbisch Hall
Dimensions of support: 78.3 x 57.8 cm [Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2008, 40]
Painting on lime wood [Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2008, 40]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia left: winged serpent with dropped wings, facing left, in yellow paint [cda 2015]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
- at the bottom left: 'N: 224' (later) [cda 2015]
Christian salvation, which was fulfilled through Christ's redeeming death and resurrection makes recourse to the original sin commited by the first couple and mankind's need to be redeemed. Adam takes the apple offerd to him by Eve. God the Father had warned the couple not to eat from the tree of knowledge. [...] The snake as unobtrusive as it may seem has been successful with its subtle art of persuasion. The richly laiden tree of knowledge stands at the centre of the composition, the reposing stag and two partridges suffice to define the location as paradise rich in wildlife. [Löcher, in Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2008, 40]
- Collection von Oppolzer, Innsbruck
- Collection Hasselmann
[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2008, 40]
Hamburg 2003, No. 53
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2008403p. 41
Exhib. Cat. Hamburg 200361, 176, 17753Pl. 53
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979431
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932349
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.06.2015
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Sammlung Würth - Adam and Eve - The Fall of Man - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
    - an underdrawing is not readily visible
    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2016]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
    History of Restoration:
    • Date: 2003
    • - before 2003 the panel was cleaned and the overpaint was removed. Above all this consisted of removing the leafy loincloths applied at some stage to both figures. An illustration of this state can be found in Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 431. [Görres, cda 2015]