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New Acquisition: Albrecht Dürer's Adam and Eve
Through the generosity of private donors, the Morgan acquired an exceptionally fine impression of the engraving Adam and Eve by the German master Albrecht Dürer (14711528). One of the most celebrated works of the artist's career, the engraving represents the culmination of Dürer's lifelong exploration of the perfect human body as it corresponds to a rational system of proportion and measurements. In the detailed, finely rendered engraving, Adam clasps a branch of the Tree of Life, while the fig branch held by Eve was broken from the forbidden Tree of Knowledge. Four animals represent the medieval concept of the four temperaments: the cat is choleric, the rabbit sanguine, the ox phlegmatic, and the elk melancholic.