Adam, Eve, and the Serpent

Marc Chagall,  Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, 1977. Color Lithograph.

This work by Marc Chagall (1887-1985), the acclaimed Jewish artist, depicts Adam and Eve, one of Chagall's favorite subjects from the Hebrew Bible. The composition shows Eve offering an apple to Adam, a dangerous coiling snake between them, as they give into temptation. Chagall chooses to float the figures in the safe confines of the lush greenery of paradise as birds, animals, and angels radiate around them.

 

Marc Chagall, Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, 1977.

A West Semitic language, in which most of the Hebrew Bible is written except for parts of Daniel and Ezra. Hebrew is regarded as the spoken language of ancient Israel but is largely replaced by Aramaic in the Persian period.

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