The above painting opened my eyes to the world of art. I am not a connoisseur of art nor do I pretend to be one but do you see anything wrong in this drawing of Adam and Eve?
I couldn’t but exclaim “What? Adam and Eve with belly buttons? The artist was a dumb idiot!”
But the artist who painted it was an educated person named Lucas Cranach the Elder, a German Renaissance painter and graphic artist who excelled in portraits and in female nudes.
Lucas Cranach the Elder was the foremost member of the family of artists by that name active in Saxony during the 16th century.
From about 1501 to 1504 Lucas Cranach lived in Vienna, and his earliest known works date from this period. They include a portrait of the Wife of Dr Johann Stephan Reuss (1503), found in the collection of Staatliche Museen, Berlin and The Crucifixion (1503, Alte Pinakothek, Munich).
In 1505 Cranach became court painter to the electors of Saxony at Wittenberg until 1550. He was a prominent citizen in Wittenberg, received a title, and became mayor in 1537. In 1508 he visited the Netherlands, where he painted portraits of such royalty as Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I and the young prince who succeeded him as Charles V. He painted biblical and mythological scenes with decorative sensual nudes that were new to German painting. These works include many versions of Adam and Eve, The Judgment of Paris (1528, Metropolitan Museum, New York), and nearly 20 versions of Venus and Cupid from 1527 to 1545.
Lucas Cranach was a friend of Martin Luther, and his art expresses much of the spirit and feeling of the German Reformation. Cranach ran a large workshop and worked with great speed, producing hundreds of works. He died in Weimar, on October 15, 1553. Cranach’s sons were both artists, but the only one to achieve distinction was Lucas Cranach the Younger, who was his father’s pupil and often his assistant. His oldest son Hans Cranach was a promising artist but died prematurely.
Here are some of the paintings of Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder.
Other artists who spent time drawing the navels
Out of curiosity, I searched Google for images of ‘Adam and Eve’ by other artists and I was shocked to find that almost all the painters of the renaissance period including Michelangelo drew gracefully and spent time in drawing meticulously the navels of Adam and Eve.
To prove my point I downloaded many pictures and have posted some of them here. Like most of you, I am just a layman who admires the beautiful forms drawn by them.
Three centuries after the fresco was painted, Cosimo III de’ Medici, in line with contemporary ideas of decorum, ordered that fig leaves be added to conceal the genitals of the figures. These were eventually removed in the 1980s when the painting was fully restored and cleaned.
Albrecht Dürer (May 21, 1471 – April 6, 1528) born in Nuremberg was a German painter, printmaker, and theorist of the German Renaissance. In his twenties, he established his influence and reputation throughout Europe with his excellent woodcut prints. Dürer was in touch with the major Italian artists of his time, including Giovanni Bellini of the Bellini family of Venetian painters, Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino alias Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. From 1512 Emperor Maximilian I patronized him.
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), commonly known as Michelangelo was an Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci.
Michelangelo was considered the greatest living artist in his lifetime, and ever since then, he has been held to be one of the greatest artists of all time. A number of his works in painting, sculpture, and architecture rank among the most famous in existence. His output in every field during his long life was prodigious; when the sheer volume of correspondence, sketches, and reminiscences that survive is also taken into account, he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century. Two of his best-known works, the Pietà and David, were sculpted before he turned thirty. Despite his low opinion of painting, Michelangelo also created two of the most influential works in fresco in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. As an architect, Michelangelo pioneered the Mannerist style at the Laurentian Library. At 74 he succeeded Antonio da Sangallo the Younger as the architect of St. Peter’s Basilica. Michelangelo transformed the plan, the western end being finished to Michelangelo’s design, the dome being completed after his death with some modification.
- Lucas Cranach the Elder (en.wikipedia.org)
- Wife of Dr Johann Stephan Reuss (wikiart.org)
- The Crucifixion (Cranach) (en.wikipedia.org)
- Navels of Adam and Eve by Modern Painters (tvaraj.wordpress.com)
- The Judgment of Paris ca. 1528 (metmuseum.org)
- Albrecht Dürer (en.wikipedia.org)
- Masaccio (en.wikipedia.org)
Expulsion from the Garden of Eden (en.wikipedia.org)
2 thoughts on “The Navels of Adam and Eve”
Okay, first and foremost, this is ART. I highly doubt that the artist would have added the models’ navels if he knew/really cared about the fact that it’s technically a scar from in utero. Secondly, who actually cares? Unless you’re just finding something to pick at, it doesn’t really matter
What exactly is your point?
Are you saying that they should not have had one as they were the first? Its like with anything
How did Mary get pregnant of Jesus?
The chicken or the egg?
The cow or the calf?
Just like infinity where did it start? from infinity not so?
Nobody has the answers, nobody ever will.
Belief comes from seeing, hence seeing is believing so if everyone was all blind nobody would believe? Contradictory?
How do then the blind believe ? Contradictory
Because they see!!!!
Therefore seeing is believing. Contradictory?
The problem here is Man, not God or a Super Being or a Martian or whatever people say it is.
Believe without seeing is a gift so pray that you do not become blind before you become a believer.
Nobody suffered to be born and remembered it.
Everyone must suffer to die but they can’t tell you about it.
You cannot hear them.
So hearing is believing? If God or this Super Being spoke to you, you would believe?
So the def don’t believe? Contradictory?
How do they believe ?
Believe without hearing is a gift so pray that you do not become def before you become a believer.
I lost my sense of smell and could not believe I was eating fish that was off. How so when my nose was a millimeter from the fish when placing it in my mouth.
I could not believe how it hurt me when I touched the plug socket in the dark and got that shock in me.
The answer is this :
You don’t need your senses to believe.
Just believe and you will get there whatever the outcome is and do not use excuses just because your brain tells you so.
Don’t wait a second more, it can come and you can go.
To where are you going, where did YOU come from?
What is your belief?