Navel Gazing: On Albrecht Dürer's Adam and Eve (1504)

By Vaughan Anthony Hart.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Theory and History

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This article re-examines one of the most famous images of the Renaissance, that of “Adam and Eve” as engraved in 1504 by “Albrecht Dürer.” The article discusses the influence on Dürer of the theories of “human proportion” outlined by the Roman architectural writer “Vitruvius.” These theories are seen as the context for the hitherto unexplained presence on Adam and Eve of “navels.” The article also examines the historical dilemma of how to represent the perfect human form of the biblical pair whilst reflecting the story of their birth.

Keywords: Albrecht Dürer, Vitruvius, Adam and Eve, Navels, Human Proportion

The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: November 15, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.042MB)).

Vaughan Anthony Hart

Professor of Architecture, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath, Bath, Avon, UK