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Adam and Eve driven out of Paradise, from John Milton's Paradise Lost, Book 12, line 641

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Adam and Eve driven out of Paradise, from John Milton's Paradise Lost, Book 12, line 641

1824-1827
19th century
27.4 cm x 37.3 cm (10 13/16 in. x 14 11/16 in.)

John Martin (Haydon Bridge (Northumberland), England, 1789 - 1854, Douglas (Isle of Man)) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, English
Medium and Support: Mezzotint, etching, and drypoint
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of the Still Water Foundation, 1996
Accession Number: 1996.279

Looking back, Adam and Eve wipe their tears and reluctantly walk into an unwelcoming terrain. The snake departs at bottom right, his evil work done, leaving them in a land whose only other inhabitants are two distant creatures, probably dinosaurs. Martin’s friend, the paleontologist Gideon Mantell, discovered the Iguanodon in 1825, and Martin went on to become one of the first illustrators of dinosaurs and their habitat. He had to reconcile his religious view of creation with a new one: evolution. How familiar the moment, when we must leave the known and embark on new territory.

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