Cranach - Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Bodemuseum
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_smbGG_567
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FR (1978) No.FR193
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Lucas Cranach the Elder [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerStaatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie
RepositoryStaatliche Museen zu Berlin, Bodemuseum
Dimensions of support: 50.5 x 35.7 cm Dimensions including frame: 65.7 x 50.8 cm [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Painting on beech wood [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010] [Klein, Report 1997]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia bottom left: winged serpent with elevated wings and dated '1533'. DE_smbGG_567_FR193_Detail.tif
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Reverse of the frame: - top left: label - top, left of the centre: '2303, Ch.. Pottier - Paris -' - right of the centre: '366' Reverse of the panel: - top centre: label: 'Staatliche Museen Berlin Gemäldegalerie/ Inv.-Nr. I.626/ Kat.-Nr. 567- [?]' - Top right: label with stamp: 'Zollamt Wiesbaden Hauptbahnhof' - right of the above: label: '110' - centre, right: wax seal - below: '791' (?) - bottom right: label: 'Staatliche Museen Berlin - Gemäldegalerie-/ Katalog Nr. 637/Lucas Cranach d. Ae./ Adam und Eva' - spread over the entire reverse of the panel: in chalk: '363'; '3'; 'M.2.'; 'B' [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Adam and Eve. Eve gives Adam an apple. She holds a second one in her left hand concealed behind her back. A snake winds itself around the tree of knowledge, which is depicted on the right side of the painting. A stag lies on the left side next to Adam. On the right a lion emerges from the undergrowth between the tree trunk and Eve. A thick forest creates a backdrop for the scene. [Gemäldegalerie Berlin, Unsinn 2010]
- 1830 acquired from the Royal Castles' Collection (Königliche Schlösser)
[Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Berlin 1937, 36, No. 95
Berlin 1973, No. 95
Brüssel 2010, 186, No. 94
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Prague 201684, 85
Exhib. Cat. Brussels 2010186-18794p. 186
Heydenreich 2007 A398
Cat. Berlin 199634Fig. 59
Cat. Berlin 1975 A117
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 197323Nos. 11, 95
Lilienfein 194277Fig. 106
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 193736No. 95
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932162
Cat. Berlin 1931111No. 567
Glaser 1923232
Schuchardt 1851 A15No. 7
Schuchardt 1851 C157
Cat. Berlin 1830157No. 119
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 17.02.1997
  • Scientific analysis
  • Identification of wood species / Dendrochronology
  • Support
  • Identification of wood species: beech wood
    Youngest annual ring: 1530
    • analysed by: Peter Klein
    • Date:
    • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
    • X-radiography
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      • created by: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie