Adam and Eve by Albrecht Durer

Adam and Eve by Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Durer portrayed the captivating-beautiful Adam and Eve. The ancestors were created in the image and likeness of God, he wrote with conviction in his diary, which means that their bodies should be a model of perfect beauty.

He wrote both figures out of the dark background. Their bodies shine, illuminating the surrounding darkness. Dürer placed Adam and Eve on two separate boards – a brilliant find; it multiplies their mutual attraction a hundredfold.

Between Adam and Eve is an invisible, mighty desire current. Eve’s head timidly, but invitingly turned to Adam. Her hand with the apple is stretched out to him with a cautious gesture. And he already took the apple that Eve had just handed him. The event is shown in motion…

Adam’s fingers tremble, the trembling of his heart in them. Everyone did half a step to meet another: Adam boldly, Eve timidly. Their young faces are full of inexplicable charm. The movements of the artist’s brush are gentle, round, careful. Paints are superimposed by the finest translucent layers. The soft tones of two separate but inseparable pictures radiate heat and muffled light.

For centuries, the story of Adam and Eve was told as a history of the fall, for which the ancestors of mankind were expelled from paradise, condemned to hard work and torment, as a history of a curse that gravitates over the whole of mankind. Durer forgot everything that he knew and taught about it from his childhood. And he remembered everything he knew about beauty and love.

The Renaissance created many hymns for the glory of man – smart, healthy, beautiful, loving, beloved. “Adam and Eve” Durer is one of the greatest creatures in this series. This picture Durer wrote not by order, but by inner motivation. “Adam and Eve” remained, however, in the workshop: either Durer did not want to part with this work, or whether it seemed to the customers too sinful.

After a while, while Adam and Eve begin to admire, they will copy them. This work brought the artist a lot of joy, but did not give him money at all – the fate of many pictures that are created for the soul.

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