Creation of Adam

before 1585
Johannes Sadeler (Netherlandish, 1550–about 1600), After Crispin van den Broeck (Netherlandish, 1524–1591)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hollstein xxi.84 3, iii/iii

Dimensions

Plate: 19.2 x 26.9 cm (7 9/16 x 10 9/16 in.) Sheet: 22.2 x 29.8 cm (8 3/4 x 11 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

2000.717

Medium or Technique

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Sadeler’s original series comprised eight engravings: Hollstein xxi.84.1-8. In the third state six of the eight plates were re-worked to replace the figure of God with a Hebrex tetragram. Plates 3-8 were re-numbered as 1-6, the address and other inscriptions were changed.

Inscription

In plate UL: NUNCUPA OMNIA ANIMANTIA.
In plate UR: IEHOVA DEUS INSPIRABAT IPSI SPIRITUM VITALEM IN NARES EIUS ATQ3. ITA HOMO FuIT ANIMA VIVENS.
In plate LL: JSadeler fecit cjVisscher excu. Cris iv I
In plate at bottom: Exiguo fingit mortalia corpora limo, Materiam terra suppeditante, Deus. Genes. C2.V.7.
Later inscriptions or marks: Verso LL in graphite pencil: 17.2

Provenance

Lloyd and Vivian Hawes, Wellesley, MA; her bequest to MFA, June 2000.

Credit Line

The Lloyd and Vivian Hawes Collection