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The Temptation of Man, study for a print; Adam and Eve seated naked on a rock at centre, Eve reclining at left and holding an apple, offering it to Adam at right; a human-headed serpent coiled around the the Tree of Knowledge beyond; a dog, a cat and a goat in the foreground; a parrot in the tree at left; a bird of paradise in top right. c.1597
Pen and brown ink with brown and pink-brown wash, heightened with white (partly oxidised); lines indented
- Production date
- 1597 (circa)
Height: 200 millimetres
Width: 137 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is the preparatory drawing (in reverse) used by Saenredam for the engraving, see D,5.167 (Hollstein 8). The engraving is dated 1597, which gives a rough date for the drawing.
The cat is copied from that in Dürer's Adam and Eve; the dog from that in Dürer's St Eustache.
Literature: E.J.K. Reznicek, 'Die Zeichnungen von Hendrick Goltzius', Utrecht, 1961, cat.no.10.
The 1996 Malcolm Exhibition label text:
The study for the engraving, dated 1597, by Jan Saeredam (Bartsch 40). Eve, encouraged by the serpent, gives Adam a fruit from the Tree of Knowledge (Genesis, III, 6).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1987 Feb 5 - May 25, BM, 'An A-Z of P&D'
1996-7 Sept-Jan, BM, Malcolm Collection, Appx.
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