Adam (left panel) (1507) by Albrecht Durer

Adam (left panel) - Albrecht Durer - 1507

Artwork Information

TitleAdam (left panel)
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About Adam (left panel)

The artwork “Adam (left panel)” is a religious painting created by Albrecht Dürer in 1507. As a significant figure of the Northern Renaissance, Dürer has skillfully rendered this piece in oil on panel. This artwork forms part of the profound artistic achievements of the Northern Renaissance and is currently housed at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

In the painting, the biblical figure Adam is depicted in a life-sized full-length nude. He stands with a slight contrapposto, reminiscent of the classical tradition that Dürer was influenced by during his travels in Italy. Adam’s muscular body is portrayed with great anatomical detail, highlighting Dürer’s interest in human anatomy and proportion, which was typical for Renaissance artists. His facial expression is serene yet introspective. In his right hand, Adam is delicately yet cautiously holding a branch with a single apple, an allusion to the Biblical story of the Fall of Man. The treatment of light and shadow on the figure’s body showcases Dürer’s skillful use of oil paint to create a sense of volume and physical presence. The background is dark, emphasizing the figure and adding a sense of depth to the composition. Down at Adam’s feet, the ground is detailed with stones and pebbles, a testament to Dürer’s attention to natural elements as well as the human form.

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