Adam and Eve

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.

This painting is on loan from Her Majesty the Queen

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1508; died 1532
Full title
Adam and Eve
Date made
about 1520
Medium and support
Oil on wood
168.9 x 111.4 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from Her Majesty the Queen
Inventory number
Location in Gallery