3. God Created Man in the Garden of Eden

3.
God Created Man in the Garden of Eden
Colored etching published by Georg Balthasar Probst (1732–1801) in Augsburg
Billy Graham Center Museum, Wheaton College


Et Dominus Deus in terra inculta plantabat hortum, et hominem in illo posuit. / L’Eterno Dio haveva piantato un giardino in Heden, e vi haveva messo l’huomo
Aussi l’Eternel Dieu avoit planté un jardin en Heden, et y avoit mis l’homme. / Und Gott der Herr pflanzte einen Garten in Eden, und sezete den Menschen darein.
And God The Lord planted a garden in Eden and set the man in it
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Cum Privilegio Sacrae Caesareae Majestatis
With the privilege of the Holy Imperial Majesty or Holy Roman Empire


This scene of Creation within the Garden of Eden breaks from expectations of optical prints as requiring urban vistas. Probst seems to be exploring how he might accommodate traditional narratives within the new medium of the vue d’optique. Narrative scenes such as this drawn from the Bible were typically issued as a series. In this case there were four etchings: The Creation of Adam, Eve with the Fruit, The Expulsion, and The Toil of Man.

~CAH


Literature: Sixt v. Kapff, Guckkastenbilder aus dem Augsburger Verlag von Georg Baltashar Probst, 1732–1801 (Weißenhorn: Anton H. Konrad Verlag, 2010), pp. 436–39.

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