Adam and Eve

Daniel Hopfer (German, 1470 – 1536)
Printed ca. 1510-1520; these impressions 17th century
Each : 12 x 5 5/8 in. (30.48 x 14.29 cm)
Mat : 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
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Hope College Collection
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Daniel Hopfer, son of the painter Bartholomaus Hopfer, was born in 1470. As a young man Hopfer worked as an armorer in Augsburg, Germany where he perfected the skill of etching on iron. These etching skills then allowed him to expand his artistic practice into printmaking. One hundred forty-five etchings are attributed to Hopfer, who also designed woodcuts and engravings for book illustrations. In the 17th century, 230 of Hopfer’s printing plates were acquired and reprinted by the publisher David Funck. The Adam and Eve prints displayed here are from the Funck edition, which can be identified by the crudely inscribed numbers in the bottom left corners of the images. The muscles in the chests and abdomens of both Adam and Eve are exaggerated, following the medieval tradition of rendering the body. Although Hopfer includes images of the apple and the serpent, the primary emphasis in these prints is on Adam and Eve’s inner repentance rather than their original sin. Nevertheless, the sword-wielding angels in the clouds above Eve’s head make it clear that all has been disrupted in the Garden of Eden. [Brianne Munch 2018]

Object Type
Academic Themes
Beauty and the Body