La tentazione di Adamo ed Eva

The Temptation of Adam

Jacopo Robusti detto Jacopo Tintoretto

Artwork on loan
Author
Jacopo Robusti detto Jacopo Tintoretto
Venezia, 1519 - 1594
Title
The Temptation of Adam
Catalogue
43
Date
1550–1553
Support
Canvas, 150 x 220 cm
Provenance
Purchased 1812, from Venice, Scuola della Santissima Trinità
Hall
Hall XXIII

Eve offers the forbidden fruit to a still-reticent Adam, who seems to be drawing back. In the background, however, is the scene of the two being banished from the Garden of Eden after having eaten the forbidden fruit. The painting demonstrates the importance of the nude study in Tintoretto, who borrowed it from models by Michelangelo and other Tuscan artists. The magnificent landscape, structured along oblique trajectories moving down towards the horizon, came to play an exceptionally important role in the artist’s work.