Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

Title

Adam and Eve

[CDA 2010]

Painting on lime wood (Tilia sp.)

Medium

Painting on lime wood (Tilia sp.)

[Klein, Report 2013]
[Exhib. Cat. Munich 2011, 136, No. 720]
[Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, revised 2010]
[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 78, No. 43]

The painting depicts Adam and Eve against a dark background. They each hold an apple in their right hand and are facing each other. The serpent coils around the branches of a tree, which stands between them.

Attribution
Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attribution

Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, revised 2010]

Production dates
about 1510 - 1519
1510-12

Production dates

about 1510 - 1519

"1510er Jahre"
[Exhib. Cat. Munich 2011, 136, No. 720]

about 1512

[Grimm 1998, 79]

1510-12

[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1978, 78, No. 43]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 47.2 x 35.3 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 47.2 x 35.3 cm

  • [Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, revised 2010]

  • [Exhib. Cat. Munich 2011, 136, No. 720]

  • [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 78, No. 43]

Signature / Dating
None
Owner
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen
Repository
Alte Pinakothek, Munich
Location
Munich
CDA ID
DE_BStGS_720
FR (1978) Nr.
FR043
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_BStGS_720/

Provenance

  • 1818 acquired from the collection of King Max I. Joseph

[Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, revised 2010]
[Exhib. Cat. Munich 2011, 136, No. 720]

Exhibitions

Kronach and Veste Coburg 1953, Cat.-No. 1

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Cat. Coburg 2018 32, 34 under no. 1
AuthorKlaus Weschenfelder
TitleCranach in Coburg. Gemälde von Lucas Cranach d.Ä., Lucas Cranach d.J., der Werkstatt und des Umkreises in den Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg
Place of PublicationRegensburg
Year of Publication2018
Exhib. Cat. Munich 2011 66-67, 136 Nos. 8, 720 Fig. p. 67
AuthorMartin Schawe
EditorBayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen
TitleCranach in Bayern
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication2011
Grimm 1998 77, 79 Fig. 9.22
AuthorClaus Grimm
TitleDie Anteile von Meister und Werkstatt. Zum Fall Lucas Cranach d.Ä.
Publicationin Ingo Sandner, Wartburg-Stiftung Eisenach and Fachhochschule Köln, eds., Unsichtbare Meisterzeichnungen auf dem Malgrund. Cranach und seine Zeitgenossen, Exhib. Cat. Eisenach
Place of PublicationRegensburg
Year of Publication1998
Pages67-82
Heydenreich 1998 A 190
AuthorGunnar Heydenreich
TitleHerstellung, Grundierung und Rahmung der Holzbildträger in den Werkstätten Lucas Cranachs d.Ä.
Publicationin Ingo Sandner, Wartburg-Stiftung Eisenach and Fachhochschule Köln, eds., Unsichtbare Meisterzeichnungen auf dem Malgrund. Cranach und seine Zeitgenossen, Exhib. Cat. Eisenach
Place of PublicationRegensburg
Year of Publication1998
Pages181-200
Exhib. Cat. Kronach 1994 345, 371
EditorClaus Grimm, Johannes Erichsen, Evamaria Brockhoff
TitleLucas Cranach. Ein Maler-Unternehmer aus Franken [Festung Rosenberg, Kronach 17.05 - 21.08.1994; Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig 07.09 - 06.11.1994]
SeriesVeröffentlichungen zur bayerischen Geschichte und Kultur
Volume26
Place of PublicationAugsburg, Coburg
Year of Publication1994
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979 78 No. 43 Fig. 43
AuthorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg
EditorG. Schwartz
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBasel, Boston, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1979

Description/ Interpretation/ Comments

This is the earliest depiction of Adam and Eve mentioned in the Friedländer, Rosenberg catalogue. The position of Adam's foot is the same as that in the engraving by Dürer from 1504, but Jacopo de Barbari's engraving of 'Apollo and Diana' could also have been the inspiration for this motif.

[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 78, No. 43]

The panel originally consisted of two parts, which according to the exhibition catalogue Munich 2011 were the separated outer wing panels of an altarpiece. At some stage they were attached together either side of a narrow central batten.

[Exhib. Cat. Munich 2011, 136, No. 720]

It is also posible, that both figures were originally painted on separate panels as is the case with the slightly earlier version of Adam and Eve in Musée des Beaux Arts et d´Archeologie Besancon. The tree depicted in the centre suggests this.

[Herrschaft, CDA 2011]

  • Adam and Eve, about 1510 - 1519

Images

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Technical studies

19.08.2013Scientific analysis

  • Identification of wood species / Dendrochronology

Support

Identification of wood species: lime wood (Tilia sp.)

  • analysed by Peter Klein
  • X-radiography
  • x_radiograph
  • created by Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen

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