The Creation
Holbein Proofs, Creation

Creation of Eve

Holbein: Creation (August 1524)
Diverse, Creation A

H olbein lets his dance start with Creation, Temptation and Fall and The Expulsion from Paradise — just as he ends it with The Last Judgment.

The scenes from The Old Testament are not included in the Holbein's dance of death alphabet, but back in 1524 Holbein had designed an alphabet with themes from the book of Genesis cut in metal (picture to the right).

Bible from 1538 with The Creation by Holbein
Holbein: Bible from 1538
1547: Bible-illustrations with The Creation.
Holbein, Historiarum Veteris Testamenti
H olbein also produced a series of illustrations for The Old Testament. When publishing Bibles and Bible picture books, these illustrations were often complemented with the first four pictures from the dance of death: Creation, Temptation and Fall, The Expulsion from Paradise and Life After the Fall.

The picture to the left is from a Bible published by the Trechsel brothers in 1538 — i.e. same publisher and same year as the first publication of Holbein's dance of death. The picture to the right is from a picture book from 1547 with Holbein's illustrations from The Old Testament — spiffed up with sundry Bible quotes and didactic poems.

Crack in later editions
Holbein, Historiarum Veteris Testamenti
Ever since 1543 the prints show a vertical crack in the middle that goes right through God's face (picture to the right).

Variations: Aldegrever makes a free interpretation as usual. On the other hand, he's got a picture in his mini-series about Adam and Eva, that looks much like Holbein's.
Eberhard Kieser copies Aldegrever.
Birckmann makes a free interpretation, and Valvasor copies Birckmann.
Deuchar and Bewick from Protestant Britain didn't like the picture of God as a bishop and have their own versions without God.
Anderson's publisher in U.S.A. deliberately skipped this picture.

Various Artists

Holbein Proofs (1526)
Holbein Proofs 1526: Creation
Holbein (1538)
Holbein 1538: Creation
Aldegrever (1540)
Aldegrever 1540: The Creation
Aldegrever (1541)
Aldegrever 1541: The Creation
Vogtherr (1544)
Vogtherr 1544: Creation
Holbein (1547)
Holbein 1547: Creation, 1547
Birckmann (1555)
Birckmann 1555: Creation
Straub (1581)
Straub 1581: Creation
Pine oc Død (1587)
Pine oc Død 1587: Creation
Chytraeus (1590)
Chytraeus 1590: Creation
Kieser (1617)
Kieser 1617: Creation
Meyer (1650)
Meyer 1650: Creation
Valvasor (1682)
Valvasor 1682: Creation
Deuchar (1788)
Deuchar 1788: Creation
Bewick (1789)
Bewick 1789: Creation
Bechstein (1831)
Bechstein 1831: Creation
Schlotthauer (1832)
Schlotthauer 1832: Creation
Douce (1833)
Douce 1833: Creation
Curmer (1858)
Curmer 1858: Creation

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