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The Fall of Man

Artist/Maker: Cornelis Cornelisz. Van Haarlem (The Netherlands, 1562-1638)

Date: not dated
Medium: oil on panel
Sight: 13 x 9 5/8 in. (33 x 24.4 cm)
Framed: 21 1/2 x 17 7/8 x 2 1/2 in. (54.6 x 45.4 x 6.4 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of Colonel C. Michael Paul
Object number: 66.001.004
DescriptionAccording to P. J. J. van Thiel of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, this painting appears to be based on "The Fall of Man," engraved by Jan Saenredam (1565-1607), after Cornelis van Haarlem. While faithful in many other particulars, the painter of the Lowe's version left out the frog and the figures of Adam and Eve in the background. I. E. Panofsky, in "Gods, Saints and Heroes," comments that the original Cornelisz van Haarlem painting of 1592, "The Fall of Man," may be based on Albrect Durer's 1504 engraving "Fall of Man." The animals in the painting have a symbolic function. The dog is the good teacher who watches over the human spirit and punishes people's sins. The choleric cat on Adam's side (on Eve's side in the 1592 Cornelisz van Haarlem version) is the symbol of her cunning cruelty.
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