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The Small Power of Women Series

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1895,0122.1157

  • Title (series)

    • The Small Power of Women Series
  • Description

    The Fall of Man; a large tree in centre, Eve at right reaching around trunk to hand an apple on a small branch to Adam who is seated on the ground at left; the serpent winds around trunk further up and looks down with an apple in its mouth; in left distance, an angel driving Adam and Eve out of the gates of Paradise. c.1517 Woodcut

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1517 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 240 millimetres
    • Width: 169 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    From a second series of six woodcuts of uniform size dealing with the theme of the Power of Women by Lucas van Leyden. The first, so-called 'Large' series was produced around 1514. This second smaller series has been dated between 1516 and 1519, and c.1517 in New Hollstein. After a number of impressions were taken from each block, they were probably printed in an edition with each image surrounded in a similar ornamental border so that they could be joined together to form a long frieze. These frames appear consistent with Lucas' style and therefore may also be attributed to him. Each image also now included a biblical passage in a tablet at the lower edge, either in Latin or Dutch. The Dutch typeface used in the tablets resembles that used by the Amsterdam publisher Doen Pietersz., who acquired and printed other blocks by Lucas in the 1520s. The Latin edition has not been connected to a publisher; there is no extent impression of the last image of the series, Herod and Herodius, which may have served as a colophon and would therby have enabled the identification of the publisher. See E. Jacobowitz and S. Stepanek, 'The Prints of Lucas van Leyden and his Contemporaries,' Washington, 1983, pp. 164-167 and no.59-66.

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  • Bibliography

    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 181.I (Lucas van Leyden) bibliographic details
    • Bartsch VII.439.2 (woodcuts) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (D+F XVIc Mounted Roy)

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1895

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1895,0122.1157

The Fall of Man; a large tree in centre, Eve at r reaching around trunk to hand an apple on a small branch to Adam who is seated on the ground at l; the serpent winds around trunk further up and looks down with an apple in its mouth; in l distance, an angel driving Adam and Eve out of the gates of Paradise.  c.1517  Woodcut

The Fall of Man; a large tree in centre, Eve at r reaching around trunk to hand an apple on a small branch to Adam who is seated on the ground at l; the serpent winds around trunk further up and looks down with an apple in its mouth; in l distance, an angel driving Adam and Eve out of the gates of Paradise. c.1517 Woodcut

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