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ETCHING The Fall of Man
The etching is available without (w.m.) or with a mount. The mount is cream coloured, 30 x 40 cm.
The fall of Man (B28), 1638.
Etching, state II(2).
The image size is 16.2 x 11.6 cm.
After the creation Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden. Their time in Paradise came to an end when Eve was seduced by the serpent into eating the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:1-24). Adam and Eve are depicted very realistically as ordinary, naked, no longer particularly young people. The serpent, borrowed from an engraving by Dürer, is a dragon with claws. According to the Bible the animal did not have to crawl over the ground on its belly until after the Fall. In the right hand corner is an elephant, symbol of good.
Handprinted etching: how do we make the most beautiful reproductions of Rembrandt's etchings? First the etching is photographed. The best photograph is transferred to a copper plate which is covered with a special layer to make it sensitive to light. All the unexposed areas in this layer where black lines occur can then be washed away. The copper is exposed and grooves are created when the plate is subsequently immersed in a bath of acid. While looking through a stereomicroscope the engraver cuts the lines in the plate by hand. He uses a sharp burin and works with meticulous care, constantly comparing his work with the original, following the hand of Rembrandt. Once the plate is ready, it can be printed. The printing is done by hand. The final result comes very close to Rembrandt's original. It is as if the master himself has been at work.