Rüdiger Schopf
Adam, Eve, and the Serpent

Circa 1396
Manuscript illustration
Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, MS. A II 1, folio 16r

The serpent has the face of Eve with a crown. The female face was a feature of medieval images of the serpent after the 12th century. The crown most likely reflects his words, "in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as gods" (Genesis 3:5). Otherwise, this is the usual iconography: an outdoor scene with Adam, Eve, the serpent wound around the tree, and the fruit, which in this case is an apple.

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