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“Adam and Eve” by Peter Paul Rubens

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“Adam and Eve” by Peter Paul Rubens

“Adam and Eve” by Peter Paul Rubens depict the first man and woman at the point when Eve is deceived into eating fruit from the forbidden tree, and then she gives some of the fruit to Adam. The story of Adam and Eve is often depicted in art, and it has had a significant influence on literature and poetry. The story of the fall is commonly understood to be an allegory.

According to the Bible, God created Adam from dust and places him in the Garden of Eden. Adam is told that he could eat freely of all the trees in the garden, except for a tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Subsequently, Eve is created as Adam’s companion, and they are innocent and unembarrassed about their nakedness. However, after eating fruit from the forbidden tree, God curses and banishes them from the Garden of Eden.

Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish artist who is considered the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque tradition. Rubens specialized in making altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. His compositions referenced classical and Christian history and emphasized movement, color, and sensuality.

Adam and Eve

  • Title:                        Adam and Eve
  • Artist:                      Peter Paul Rubens
  • Year:                        1629
  • Medium:                 Oil on panel
  • Dimensions:           238 × 184.5 cm (93.7 × 72.6 in)
  • Museum:                Prado Museum, Museo del Prado

Peter Paul Rubens

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“My passion comes from the heavens, not from earthly musings.”
– Peter Paul Rubens

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Photo Credit: 1) Peter Paul Rubens [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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