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Adam and Eve with their children Cain and Abel, sitting on rocks; Adam holding a hoe in his right hand and a child sitting on Eve's lap; fisherman's house in the left background. c.1500-1510
- Production date
- 1500-1510 (circa)
Height: 266 millimetres
Width: 185 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This engraving is the first state of the print, without the mark of a nail hole at lower centre (visible in the second state). Other examples of the first state are in Berlin, Boston, Hamburg, Vienna, Paris, in the Rothschild collection (Musée du Louvre, Paris), in the Gabinetto Nazionale delle Stampe (Rome) and elsewhere. The BM also possesses the second state of the print (P&D Kk.8.31). For a discussion of Robetta's oeuvre see Hind D.II.4 (P&D Kk.8.30).
Robetta executed three versions of the subject of 'Adam and Eve with their children' (see Hind D.II.4, 8 and M. J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 25, part 2, 1984, pp. 531-532, 533-536, nos. 004, 008); this is the largest in size and almost certainly the latest in date. It is one of the artist's grandest and finest compositions, in which the figures are unusually monumental and their relationship spatially coherent. The rendering of the ground in curving and parallel strokes is, as usual, in the manner of early Dürer; moreover, the entire landscape, and particurarly the fisherman's house in the background, are copied (in reverse) from Dürer's 'Virgin and Child with a Monkey' of 1498 circa (see Bartsch 42; Hollstein 30). The face and hair of Eve are inspired by such late quattrocento Florentine painters like Botticelli, Filippino Lippi or Jacopo del Sellaio.
Hind suggested that from its dimensions and shape the engraving was possibly engraved on the same plate of the 'Allegory of Envy' (Hind D.II.31; M. J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 25, part 2, 1984, p. 568, no. 042).
For a recent entry on the print see the British Museum catalogue, 'Albrecht Dürer and his legacy', London, 2002, p. 244, no.196.
See also Jay A. Levinson, Konrad Oberhuber, and Jacquelyn Sheehan, Early Italian Engravings from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1973, no. 122.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2002-2003, BM, 'Albrecht Dürer and his legacy', no.196.
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