Adam

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Albrecht Dürer, Adam, 1507
by CHARNAI ANDERSON

This here is Adam. Adam was made by God from dust, and placed in the Garden of Eden with Eve. The Garden of Eden was a beautiful paradise made to perfection. Eve was made from one of Adam's ribs to be his companion. God told Adam that he could roam and eat from any tree he wanted to except for the tree of knowledge of good and evil or else he and Eve would die. One day a serpent came by and persuaded Eve that the fruit from the tree of knowledge would give her wisdom if she ate from it, and that she would know right from wrong just like God. Convinced, Eve took a piece of fruit from the fruit and took a bite and then offered it to Adam. He then ate some of the fruit, too. Unfortunately the fruit did not grant either of them wisdom they soon realized the meaning of nudity, and, embarrassed, they soon made themselves skirts out of fig leaves.

On that same day, God was taking a stroll through the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve tried to hide in the trees because they were ashamed and afraid to face God, but God already knew about the sin they committed. Adam tried to blame Eve and Eve tried to blame the serpent, but God was rightfully mad at all of them. Their punishments were not solely for them, but for their many descendants that came after them as well. The initial punishment was that they were no longer allowed in the Garden of Eden. And thanks to Adam men would have to struggle and sweat for their existence. And for Eve women would have to endure the pain of bearing a child and managing submission to their husband. As for the serpent God punished his kind by making their only form of transportation crawling on their bellies, and also tolerating the hate of mankind. 

I enjoy the dark background of this painting. I also think that the body proportions are done very well especially compared to Dürer's, The Expulsion from Paradise, considering that it was made of Adam. Although we must take into consideration that these pieces are two different types of art, one being painting the other being a wood carving. Not to sexualize here, but the butts on Adam and Eve are pretty massive, and their calves are also muscular. I also like how Dürer incorporates Adam's story by using the said forbidden fruit to cover himself from the nudity that he initially never knew existed. In conclusion, thanks to Adam and Eve clothes have become requirement of our daily lives, and they also take as great portion of our income, which may be not be a bad thing because it fuels our economy. 
Albrecht Dürer, The Expulsion from Paradise, 1510

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