The Fall of Man, um 1550
About the object
Adam and Eve transgress God's commandment and eat the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. From now on, original sin will weigh heavily on mortal man, expelled from Paradise. Only the "new Adam", i.e. Christ, born of the "new Eve", i.e. Mary, in the Christian view, have the power to bestow eternal life on mankind. The painting the "Fall of man" has been kept in the Augustiner Museum since 5 May 1981 as a loan from the Federal Republic of Germany. It was acquired as part of the so-called "Führermuseum" or Linz art gallery - whereby artworks were collected for an art museum planned by Adolf Hitler in Linz - from an unknown owner before the outbreak of the Second World War. Unfortunately, the provenance of the painting is as yet unknown.