Adam and Eve
Netherlandish, ca. 1472-ca. 1533
Adam and Eve, ca. 1525
Black chalk, stumped, and black crayon
62.1 x 45.9 cm (24 7/16 x 18 1/16 inches)
Walter H. Kimball Fund 48.425
(April 23 –June 30, 1970)(January 27 –April 9, 2006)
Gossaert was the court artist to Philip of Burgundy at Utrecht and the first Northern Renaissance artist known to have traveled to Rome. Gossaert’s depiction of the Fall of Man portrays a psychologically charged moment infused with overt eroticism. Eve reaches simultaneously toward the apple and Adam’s groin. Adam is no less culpable, however, as his arms stretch in two directions paralleling those of Eve. Gossaert’s muscular bodies reveal his engagement with Italian models; however, his descriptive approach to the texture and details of skin, bark, snakeskin, and hair—achieved through rubbing, or stumping, natural chalk—indicates his immersion in Northern traditions. The ultimate use of this remarkable drawing is unknown. It may have functioned as a workshop model.
Old Master Drawings from the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Contributions byJohnson, Deborah J.
Publisher & DateStinehour Press, 1983
TypeExhibition CatalogueSelected Works
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and Collections