Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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Hardham: After The Fall

Adam and Eve get busy inventing agriculture. They don't look happy about it. Adam wrangles some unruly vines while Eve milks a cow.

A cow? Really? All the commentators say that's what it is, but I think it's a deer. The painter surely knew what a cow looked like- and that's never a cow. Consider the delicate skull and those elegant hind legs.

Either way, the image of Eve milking a whateveritis may well be unique in European art. I can't think of another example.

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