"At the edge of a forest, Eve hands Adam the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis, Chapter III, 6). Although Adam recoils, his eyes are firmly fixed on the temptation. In the distance to the left is their resultant expulsion from Eden (Genesis, III, 23-4).
Flemish master Pieter Coecke van Aelst established a successful studio in Brussels in 1544, where many important Flemish artists were trained - including possibly his future son-in-law, Pieter Brueghel the Elder. His 1539 translation of Sebastiano Serlio's architectural treatise, I Sette Libri dell'Architettura, is credited with having played a crucial role in spreading Renaissance ideas to the Low Countries."


  • Title: The Fall of Man
  • Date: c.1520-30
  • Physical Dimensions: w648 x h1067 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Notes: Based on a print by Dürer of 1504. Formerly catalogued as Circle of Mabuse (i.e. Jan Gossaert; the present attribution was suggested by Edwin Buijsen (letter on file, 1997).
  • Work Nationality: Flemish
  • Support: Panel
  • Provenance: [?Alleyn Bequest, 1626, or Cartwright Bequest, 1686 (one page of the inventory is missing);] At Dulwich College by 1890 (It appears in old inventories as 76 and has therefore probably been in the College for a long time).
  • Follower of: Coecke van Aelst, Pieter
  • Acquisition Method: Dulwich College (at Dulwich College by 1890)

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