Adam and Eve

Salvador Dali

Technique: lost wax process
Material: bronze
Height: 52 cm
Patina: green/black
Edition size: 350 + 35 EA
Signature: inscribed
Date: conceived in 1968
first cast in 1984
(casting date on certificate)
Foundry: Perseo, Mendrisio, Switzerland

In this exquisite artwork, Dalí illustrates the dramatic moment in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve, two classical figures in Greek and Roman style, were the first man and woman, forming part of the Bible story. Adam raises his hand in indecision, as Eve entices him to eat the apple from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

The image of the snake is coiled into the shape of a heart, a playful surrealist touch, juxtaposing the evil element represented by the snake and the heart shape that he creates, representing human love.

Dalí studied theology and had an uncertain relationship with Catholicism throughout his life. Dalí’s mother was a stout catholic, his father an atheist. After much exploration, Dalí never fully succeeded in abandoning his childhood faith.

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