Adam and Eve

about 1520, Jan Gossaert

On loan from the Royal Collection Trust on Behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, © Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013
Adam, wearing an apron of leaves, and Eve, still naked, stand between the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life. Adam has just tasted the apple that Eve holds, while the serpent watches from above. In the background is the Garden of Eden with the richly decorated Fountain of Life in the centre.

This is one of at least nine painted or drawn compositions of this subject undertaken by the artist; they became progressively more complicated. Gossaert was especially interested in portraying the nude figure; this painting shows the influence of Italian and German art.

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