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Adam and Eve

Widely recognized as the leading engraver of his age, Dürer’s technical skill and artistic vision made him a favorite of copyists. The young Flemish printmaker Wierix picked one of his Meisterstiche (or master prints), considered to be one of the most difficult examples of engraving then known, in order to demonstrate his own mastery of the technique to potential clients. Wierix recognized Dürer as the inventor of the design, but proudly added his own name (along with his age of sixteen) to the cartouche. Although the young prodigy’s work isn’t quite up to the level of finesse found in the master’s model, it possesses a naïve charm and foretells his potential. The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art also includes an excellent impression of Dürer’s original (Eskenazi Museum of Art 71.27).

Johan Wierix
Flemish, 1549–ca. 1618
after Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471–1528
Adam and Eve
1566
Engraving on paper
Image: 9 5/16 x 7 ½ in. (23.7 x 19.1 cm); sheet: 9 7/8 x 7 5/8 in. (25.1 x 19.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 81.3.1