Anita, Vicky, and Chi, Adam and Eve, 2012

Inspired by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Adam and Eve, 1526.

We chose Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder because we liked the painting and the background story of it. As we were looking at it, there were lots of possibilities that started emerging. The first thing that came into our mind was ‘Desperate Housewives’.

We found out that Cranach did many versions of this painting, possibly around 50 of them. The reason why our version has all the animals in it is because Cranach was very good at drawing and painting animals, but there doesn’t seem to be any real reason for them to be there. Having said that there’s a lion and a lamb opposite each other which are strong Christian symbols.

Our animation is about how we see the Adam and Eve story, what happened after Adam bit the apple. It’s our own interpretation with a modern look. The tree of knowledge dies and cities grow from the ashes of the dead tree, Adam and Eve become aware of sexuality, realise they are naked and become clothed, in modern clothes.

We’ve used a combination and collage and sketches for our animation. We got a wide range of materials from pictures from materials, newspaper, corrugated card, our own hair and paint. The tree was made from one of our hands with leafs from magazines glued onto it.

Inspired by:

Lucas Cranach the Elder, Adam and Eve, 1526

Lucas Cranach the Elder, Adam and Eve, 1526

Adam and Eve are depicted at the fateful moment of temptation as Eve hands the apple to a bewildered Adam, whilst the serpent, entwined in the tree above, looks on. The finely painted menagerie of animals heightens this seductive vision of Paradise. Cranach and his workshop made over fifty versions of this subject. This panel’s high quality and unique iconography suggest it was commissioned by an erudite patron, perhaps a humanist scholar.