Apr 21, 2015

The Temptation of Eve

The Temptation of Eve


Jean Mignon


after Luca Penni

(Italian, 1500/04–1557)


Support: Cream(3) laid paper, laid down on blued white laid paper

Sheet: 42.7 x 58.4 cm (16 13/16 x 23 in.); Secondary Support: 48.9 x 69.5 cm (19 1/4 x 27 3/8 in.)

Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 1985.54

Catalogue raisonné: Bartsch 3 (XVI.377)



In the 1540s Italian artist Luca Penni worked at the French king François I’s court at Fontainebleau. He created this image of the temptation of Eve (etched by Jean Mignon) by directly quoting Michelangelo’s figure of Eve from the Fall of Man scene on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The twisting serpent around the tree and the figure of Adam to the left—though altered from Michelangelo’s original—are still reminiscent of the earlier composition. Penni added his own unique elements, such as a landscape scene with animals and a decorative border featuring grotesques, cornucopias, and scrollwork.

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