Adam and Eve - The Serpent

56”x48” oil on canvas 1988

This rectangular still life of apple branches in a bottle is linked to a lunette that depicts Adam and Eve and the Serpent in the luminous morning of their first day in Paradise. The serpent, as he was originally created, possessed the power of speech and walked upright. With great cunning, he convinced Eve to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad, which God expressly commanded Adam and Eve not to eat, lest they die. The serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die; for God knows that on the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and bad.” 

Eve was tempted by the serpent’s promise, and she ate the forbidden fruit, giving a portion to Adam. The writings of the *Midrash tell us that at that moment the evil inherent in the world was internalized in the first humans.

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