Cranach - Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Museo Soumaya, Mexico City
02.07.2020 - 07:55
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberMX_MSMC_NONE-001
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FR (1978) No.FR114
Adam and Eve[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 93, No. 114]
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007, 112, No. 1]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerMuseo Soumaya, Mexico City
RepositoryMuseo Soumaya, Mexico City
LocationMexico City
Dimensions of support: 87 x 59 cm [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 93, No. 114]
Painting on wood [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 93, No. 114]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia on the tree trunk: Serpent and dated '152(0)'
Adam and Eve are represented standing beside the tree of knowledge. The serpent coils itself around the branches. At the left Adam's body is shown as a side on view. He receives an apple from Eve, who is shown on the right. Eve looks at Adam and conceals a second apple behind her back. [Görres, cda 2016]
- 1924 P. Cassirer, Amsterdam
- 1932 Collection J. Mannheimer, Berlin
- Swiss Collection
[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 93, No. 114]
- 03.07.1996 Sotheby's London
[page of the Auct.-Cat. Sotheby's London in the Koepplin archive, 1996]
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Friedländer, Rosenberg 197993114Fig. 114
Rosenberg 1976
Friedländer, Rosenberg 193298b
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
'The painting photographed here exhibits characteristics typical of the work by Cranach the Elder, the insignia is authentic and it is dated '1529'.
Max J. Friedländer, Berlin, d. 27. IV.1925'
[copy of the expertise on the reverse of a photograph in the Archive D. Koepplin]
An expertise by Max. J. Friedländer mentions the date 1529 and an insignia, however a recent examination under the stereomicroscope revealed the number to be a '0', which matches with the early style of the painting.
[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 93, No. 114]