Eve (right panel) (1507) by Albrecht Durer

Eve (right panel) - Albrecht Durer - 1507

Artwork Information

TitleEve (right panel)
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About Eve (right panel)

“Eve (right panel)” is a religious painting by Albrecht Dürer, a master of the Northern Renaissance. Created in 1507, the artwork is executed using oil on panel and is part of a diptych that includes a depiction of Adam as its left panel. The painting belongs to the collection of the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain, and showcases the profound influence of the Northern Renaissance movement through its meticulous detail and complex symbolism.

In “Eve (right panel),” Dürer portrays Eve standing next to the Tree of Knowledge. She is depicted in a graceful pose, naked, with a fig leaf strategically placed. Her expression is serene and contemplative, and her body is rendered with subtle shading and a meticulous attention to anatomy, highlighting the artist’s knowledge of human form. Eve’s right hand gently holds an apple, symbolizing the biblical narrative of the Fall of Man, and around the tree, a serpent coils, further emphasizing the temptation narrative in the Book of Genesis. The background is dark, which directs the viewer’s attention to the figure and the vivid portrayal of the serpent and apple. In the lower part of the painting, a small tag hangs from the tree, inscribed with Dürer’s signature and the date of the painting’s completion. The skillful handling of oil paint, realism, and symbolic depth all speak to the characteristics of the Northern Renaissance, which placed a high value on empirical observation and the infusion of spiritual themes with lifelike depiction.

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