Adam and Eve
Illustrated by Albrecht Dürer
This image is understood to have been prepared in, or about, 1504.
Knackfuss (Durer: H Grevel & Co, London; 1900) describes the illustration thus:
The first engraving carried out in light and dark masses so as to produce the full effect
of a picture was the "Adam and Eve", which appeared in 1504. A fine preliminary
drawing for this print, in the Albertina at Vienna, shows the two figures on a perfectly
black background. In the engraving, however, as carried out, Dürer has made a
praiseworthy attempt to bring out the natural beauty of the human form, and we
should not fail to recongise how far he reached in this respect as the first in the field,
with no predecessor to fall back upon for support, since it was the habit, before his
time, to represent the nude figures as a thing of no loveliness. With well-grounded
self-consciousness he introduced into the print, instead of the mere monogram, a
tablet for an inscription in which he gave the information in Latin, then the universal
language of the learned world, that Albrecht Dürer of Nuremberg was the maker of
the work. It must, indeed, be supposed, that in shaping the figures of Adam and Eve
the master got suggestions and help from seeing works of Italian art.
How to purchase our Greeting Cards and large format reproductions
When presented on Greeting Cards, this image is prepared as a tipped-on plate - in hommage to the hand-crafted
approach typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is
hand-finished, with the image presented on White card stock with an accompanying envelope. On the rear of each
card we also present some information about Albrecht Dürer and this wonderful illustration. We have left the interior
of the cards blank so that you may write your own personal message.
Each of our large format reproductions are prepared with archival quality materials and processes to ensure many years
of enjoyment. In addition, our reproductions are accompanied by explanatory material relating to Albrecht Dürer and
this wonderful illustration.
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Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)
Code: AD AE SGC
Reproduction on 8x12" sheet
Code: AD AE (8x12)
Reproduction on 12x18" sheet
Some details from the illustration
|Adam and Dürer's tablet
|Eve, the Snake and the Apple
|Creatures in Eden