From the Museum

Overtly a representation of the moment before the actual “fall,” when the couple eats the forbidden apple, The Fall of Man (Adam and Eve) is primarily a manifestation of Dürer’s ideals of the human body, a subject that preoccupied him throughout his career. In this bravura engraving, he combined his long study with a highly controlled and detailed engraving technique, from the subtle modulations of the human body to the attendant creatures and forest depths-even to the shadow of a slight branch cast on Adam’s leg by the sun.