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Adam and Eve; whole-length standing, reaching up to pick the forbidden fruit
Black chalk and pen and brown ink
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Height: 140 millimetres
Width: 106 millimetres (sheet made up at l)
- Curator's comments
- Studies for the figures at the end of the innermost arch of the eastern arm of the Steccata.
See Popham, 'Catalogue of the Drawings of Parmigianino', Cambridge, 1971, No.234.
Studies for the two figures at either end of the innermost (i.e. western) arch of the eastern arm of the Steccata (see 1918,0615.3). The Adam is an earlier conception of the figure than 1895,0915.754-6 and must also precede a drawing in the Louvre (6463; photo. Gernsheim 6957) in which Adam, though represented as in the present drawing with his back turned, is raising the forbidden fruit to his lips as in 1895,0915.755 and in the fresco itself. In 1905,1110.50 he reaches up to take the fruit from the tree with a gesture usually (and hereafter by Parmigianino) reserved for Eve. The Eve, on the other hand, is already essentially in her final position, the only difference being that in the fresco the 'contrapposto' of her body and legs is more pronounced.
Literature: Quintavalle, p. 199; Freedberg, p. 195.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2013 Feb-May, Montpellier, Musée Fabre, L'atelier de l'oeuvre
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- Acquisition notes
- For a note on the acquisition history, see 1905,1110.11.
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