On one part of this diptych, supposedly written after 1479, Van der Gus gives his interpretation of the fall of Adam and Eve, on the other – depicts the mourning of Christ, but on the whole sets the viewer to reflect on the human sin and sacrifice necessary for his redemption. The Garden of Eden, in the center of which we see the carefully written Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, is a traditional image of a green paradise. Iris and the catchment, growing before Adam and Eve, are flowers that are associated with the Virgin Mary and the Holy Spirit.
Thus, the picture shows a hint of their future role
At the same time, their eyes opened and, feeling shame, they covered their nakedness with fig leaves. As punishment for original sin, God expelled Adam and Eve from Eden. Creation, temptation and the Fall of Adam and Eve were popular stories in the fine arts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, because with their help one could express the need of people to atone for their sins through Christ. Paintings on these topics are often created in cycles.