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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0822.167

  • Description

    Adam and Eve; standing on either side of the tree of knowledge with the serpent, and in the foreground a cat, an elk, an ox, a hare, a parrot, a mouse. 1504 Engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1504
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 256 millimetres
    • Width: 195 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed and dated on plate.
  • Curator's comments

    Entry from 'Albrecht Dürer and his Legacy', exh cat, BM 2002-3, no. 87:
    'The five states of this engraving, an unusually high number for Dürer , together with the large number of preparatory drawings (see cat. nos. 88-90) document the particular care with which Dürer planned the design. It represents the culmination of his study of a system of human proportion seen in his slightly earlier drawings, cat. nos. 70 and 84 and displays his virtuoso mastery of the engraving technique. Dürer 's pride in it is displayed in the longest, most prominent inscription he ever made on an engraving: >Albrecht Dürer of Nuremberg made this 1504 (Albert[us] Dvrer Noricvs faciebat 1504)'.

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  • Bibliography

    • Meder 1932 1.Final plate.II.a bibliographic details
    • Dodgson 1926 39.IV bibliographic details
    • Schoch 2001-04 I.39 bibliographic details
    • Bartsch VII.30.1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (German XVIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    1987 July-Sep, London, Courtauld Institute, 'Lucas Cranach the Elder'
    1995: London, BM, German Renaissance Prints. no.21
    1996 June-Aug, Canterbury, Royal Mus and AG, German Ren. Prints
    1996 Nov-Dec, Edinburgh, NG of Scotland, German Ren. Prints
    1997 Jan-Mar, Cardiff, Nat Mus of Wales, German Ren.Prints
    1997 April-May, Llandudno, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, German Ren. Prints
    1997 Oct-Dec, Norwich, Sainsbury Centre, German Ren. Prints
    2002/3: London, BM, Dürer and his Legacy, no.87
    2007 Jan-April, Birmingham, Barber Inst of Fine Arts, 'Parrots in Art'
    2011 Feb-May, London, National Gallery, Jan Gossaert's Renaissance

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Acquisition notes

    Lot 186 in the Maberly catalogue, when it was bought by Graves for Mr Slade (according to a copy of the catalogue which belonged to Evans). Described as 'MOST SUPERB IMPRESSION, UNDOUBTEDLY THE FINEST KNOWN. It is in the purest condition, with considerable margin; and in this state may fairly be pronounced to be UNIQUE. It was formerly in Mr Harding's collection' (information from Nicholas Stogdon)

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0822.167

Adam and Eve; standing on either side of the tree of knowledge with the serpent, and in the foreground a cat, an elk, an ox, a hare, a parrot, a mouse.  1504  Engraving

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Adam and Eve; standing on either side of the tree of knowledge with the serpent, and in the foreground a cat, an elk, an ox, a hare, a parrot, a mouse. 1504 Engraving

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