Adam and Eve

Here you see two exceptional depictions of Adam and Eve: a painting by Lucas Cranach and a sculptural pair by Conrad Meit. These two compositions propose radically different interpretations of the events in the Garden of Eden. For Cranach, Eve seems motivated purely by seduction, but in the Meit, the psychological fear of what is about to happen is palpable in both figures.

Lucas Cranach the Elder, Adam and Eve, 1532. Oil on panel. Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg.

Conrad Meit, Adam and Eve, ca. 1510. Limewood. Foundation Schloss Friedenstein, Gotha.