The Fall of Man
Holbein Proofs, Paradise

Temptation and Fall

Holbein: Temptation and Fall (August 1524)
Diverse, Fall of man B

T he serpent has a woman's head according to contemporary taste.

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).

Holbein: Serpent or carrot?
Holbein: The Old Testament
Holbein: Genesis chap. 2 & 3
Holbein: Illustrations from The Old Testament
Holbein had also produced a series of illustrations from The Old Testament. To the left is the picture of Temptation and Fall, and quite frankly, it's not very good — the serpent looks like an overgrown carrot!

Publishers of Bibles and Bible picture books often found it expedient to skip the carrot-picture and instead complement the series 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 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.

Variations: Aldegrever as usual makes a free interpretation, and Eberhard Kieser copies Aldegrever.
Birckmann's picture is very different, and he's copied by Valvasor.
Bewick reduces the number of animals — including the monkey that sets Eve's hair.
Anderson deliberately skips the picture of Adam and Eva.

Various Artists

Holbein Proofs (1526)
Holbein Proofs 1526: Paradise
Holbein (1538)
Holbein 1538: The Fall
Aldegrever (1541)
Aldegrever 1541: The Fall of man
Vogtherr (1544)
Vogtherr 1544: The Fall
(1552)
 1552: The Fall
(1552)
 1552: The Fall
Birckmann (1555)
Birckmann 1555: The Fall
Juan de Icar (1555)
Juan de Icar 1555: The Fall
Wagner (1557)
Wagner 1557: The Fall
Scharffenberg (1576)
Scharffenberg 1576: The Fall
Straub (1581)
Straub 1581: The Fall
Pine oc Dd (1587)
Pine oc Dd 1587: Paradise
Chytraeus (1590)
Chytraeus 1590: The Fall
Glissenti (1596)
Glissenti 1596: The Fall
Meyer (1650)
Meyer 1650: The Fall
Hollar (1651)
Hollar 1651: The Fall
Thomas Neale (1657)
Thomas Neale 1657: Fall of Man
Valvasor (1682)
Valvasor 1682: The Fall
Erbaulicher Sterb-Spiegel (1704)
Erbaulicher Sterb-Spiegel 1704: Fall of Man
Rusting (1707)
Rusting 1707: The Fall
Nieuhoff (1720)
Nieuhoff 1720: Fall of Man
Mechel (1780)
Mechel 1780: The Fall
Deuchar (1788)
Deuchar 1788: The Fall
Bewick (1789)
Bewick 1789: The Fall
Hollar (colour) (1816)
Hollar (colour) 1816: The Fall
Bechstein (1831)
Bechstein 1831: The Fall
Schlotthauer (1832)
Schlotthauer 1832: The Fall
Douce (1833)
Douce 1833: The Fall
Curmer (1858)
Curmer 1858: The Fall

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