December 6, 2013

Block Print a Day 4

        For those times when an apple is not just an apple, here’s one of Albrecht Dürer’s riffs on
the theme of the first temptation.  It’s another story scene, but hardly a slice of everyday life.  This apple-picking is no innocent country pastime, and not a miracle but a curse.  I must say these apples don’t look as tempting as yesterday’s, but the feather-crowned serpent looks suitably disreputable, rather like the Grinch who stole Christmas, another villain who “slithered and slunk” and lied to an innocent girl.

[Picture: Detail from The Fall of Man, woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, c. 1509/10 (Image from wikimedia commons)]

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