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Albrecht Dürer, The Expulsion from Eden (The Small Passion), 1612

Artist: Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528)
Title:The Expulsion from Eden (The Small Passion), 1612
Reference:B.18; K.223; M.127
Medium:Woodcut
Image:5 in x 3 7/8 in (12.6 cm x 9.7 cm)
Sheet:7 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in (19.7 cm x 14 cm)
Framed:22 in x 20 3/4 in (55.9 cm x 52.7 cm)
Edition:This work is from the Italian edition of 1612, with Italian text on verso.
Signature:This work is monogrammed and dated with Albrecht Dürer's signature initials in the woodblock 'AD' on a slate in the upper right (hanging from the branch).
Condition:This work is in good condition.
ID #w-4224

Historical Description

Instilled with a sense of action and urgency, this dramatic piece captures the moment in which Adam and Eve are forced to leave the Garden of Eden. According to W. Strauss (1980), "As it appears, Eve, carrying a branch to cover her nudity in her left hand, is leaving the Garden of Eden hurriedly, even stepping on Adam's foot, whereas the angel is giving the latter a gentle push, as he takes a last glance backward at Paradise Lost. The serpent and the symbolic animals have disappeared, but more fruit is left on the tree" ( Strauss 406).

Created in 1612, this original woodcut is monogrammed and dated with Albrecht Dürer's signature initials in the woodblock 'AD' on a slate in the upper right (hanging from the branch). This work is from the Italian edition of 1612 with Italian text on verso.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices accompanying the final sale of the work):

1) Bartsch. (1981). The Illustrated Bartsch. Abaris Books: New York. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonnè no. 18.

2) Kurth, W. (1963). The Complete Woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer. Dover Publications, Inc.: NY. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 223 and discussed on page 30.

3) Meder, J. (1932). Dürer-Katalog. Verlag Gilhofer & Ranschburg: Vienna. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 127 on pg. 133.

4) Scheller, R. & Boon, K. (1971). The Graphic Art of Albrecht Dürer, Hans Dürer and The Dürer School. Vangendt & Co.: Amsterdam. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 162 on pg. 133.

5) Schoch, R. et. Al. (2002). Albrecht Dürer, Das druckgraphische Werk, Band II: Holzschnitte und Holzschnittfolgen. Prestel: München. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 188 on pgs. 290-1.

6) Strauss, W. (1980). Albrecht Dürer Woodcuts and Wood Blocks. Abaris Books, Inc.: NY. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 138 on pgs. 406-7.

7) A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Museum grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

 

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