First English edition of the Nuremberg chronicle: being the Liber chronicarum of Dr. Hartmann Schedel…

After the first parents transgressed the Lord's commandment at the instigation of the Devil in the form of a serpent, God cursed the serpent, saying to him, Cursed are you among all cattle and beasts of the earth; upon your breast shall you go, and earth shall you eat all the days of your life. And to the woman he said, I will multiply your sorrows and your conceptions; in pain you shall bear children, and you shall be under your husband's power, and he shall have dominion over you. And to Adam he said, Cursed is the earth of your work; out of it you shall eat. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth for you. In the sweat of your face shall you eat your bread, until you return to the earth from which you were taken. And after God had made coats of skin for them, he drove them out of Paradise; and he placed before it a cherubim with flaming sword to keep the way of the tree of life.[Genesis 2:14-24.]

Now as Adam, the first man formed of the clay of the earth, and apparently thirty years of age when the name Eve was given his wife, ate of the fruit of the forbidden tree which she had handed him, they were driven from the Paradise of Pleasure into the land of the accursed, where, according to the judgment of the Lord, Adam was to till the soil and eat his bread in the sweat of his face and Eve was to live in want and bear children in pain, though the Lord had endowed her with incomparable charm. But the malicious enemy of her bliss deceived her, for in her feminine fickleness she had freely tasted the fruit of the forbidden tree, and had influenced her husband to her will. So, after putting on a garment of leaves, she and her husband were driven from the garden of pleasure into exile in the fields of Hebron. At last, after having several times endured the pangs of childbirth, she passed with weariness and toil into old age, and suffered the death which the Lord had foretold to her.


The woodcut is centrally divided by a date palm, to the right of which is depicted the temptation, and to the left the expulsion. On the right Adam and Eve stand under a fruit tree, about which is coiled a serpent, an apple in its jaws. Eve has an apple, and Adam has one. And so we have the transit of the apple—from the serpent to Eve, from Eve to Adam, and the apple is one. The original sin is afoot, and already Adam and Eve are holding before them whisks of leaves to cover their nakedness. The scene shifts to the left. An angel with drawn sword is ejecting them from Eden. They still conceal their nakedness with the same whisks of leaves, although according to Genesis God provided them with fur coats on departure. Adam is reconciled to his fate, but Eve tarries to argue with the angel, who doesn't appear at all interested in discussing the situation with her.