Albrecht Dürer, Adam and Eve, 1504. Engraving on off-white antique laid paper, iii/iii. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of William Gray from the collection of Francis Calley Gray, G1055. Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Albrecht Dürer, German (Nuremberg 1471 - 1528 Nuremberg)
Adam and Eve
Other Titles
Alternate Title: The Fall of Man
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Engraving printed in black ink on white antique laid paper, lined
sheet: 25.1 × 19.2 cm (9 7/8 × 7 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark:
  • inscription: verso, graphite: fr Ev. [Evans] Apr. 56 / £ [illeg.] 15.15
  • collector's mark: verso, graphite: E. H. G. [Edward Hale Greenleaf (Lugt 5207)]
  • collector's mark: verso, purple stamp with graphite numbering within: GRAY COLLECTION, / Harvard College / 1055 [within an oval borderline (Lugt 4836)]
  • inscription: in plate, on tablet hanging from tree: ALBERT9 / DVRER / NORICVS / FACIEBAT / 1504
Francis Calley Gray, bequest to nephew, 1856.
William Gray, gift to Harvard University, 1857.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Bartsch 1, Schroch 39, Meder 1
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of William Gray from the collection of Francis Calley Gray
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Reimagining the Past: André Brink in Conversation with Reingard Nethersole, T'kama-Adamastor: Inventions of Africa in a South African Painting, ed. Ivan Vladislavic, University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa), p. 53, fig. 79, p. 53, fig. 79

Jonathan Shaw and Jennifer Carling, "Spheres of Knowledge: Artistic discovery in Renaissance Europe", Harvard Magazine (Cambridge, MA, November-December 2011), vol. 114, no. 2, pp.42-47, p 46

Susan Dackerman, ed., Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2011), cat. 53 p. 234-235, repr

Exhibition History

Northern Renaissance Art: Selected Works, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 02/28/1984 - 04/08/1984

Fine Art for Harvard: The Gray Collection of Engravings, Fogg Art Museum, 09/02/1986 - 11/02/1986

Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/06/2011 - 12/10/2011; Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, 01/17/2012 - 04/08/2012

32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/11/2015 - 05/10/2015

Adam and Eve, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/01/2018 - 01/06/2019

A Colloquium in the Visual Arts, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/27/2022 - 12/30/2022

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