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A male and female nude stand together in front of a tree, fig leaves cover midsections, snake in center.

A nude male figure (Adam) stands on the left looking towards a nude female figure (Eve) to the right. His right hand holds onto a branch, a bird is perched to left of his head. Adam’s left arm extends toward Eve. Eve’s left hand is slightly behind her back holding a fruit, her other hand is receiving another piece of fruit from a snake coiled around a branch between them. Other animals are depicted at the bottom: a mouse, its stretched tail is under Adam’s left foot, a sleeping cat in the middle; a rabbit, and two horned animals behind the tree.

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


Recorded Ownership History
Francis Calley Gray, bequest to nephew, 1856.
William Gray, gift to Harvard University, 1857.

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Meder iia/iiid
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

Verification Level

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