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Iconography of Temptation


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The title, although ambiguous, suggests a biblical interpretation of the shiny apple that woman holds in her hand. It thus refers to the apple of knowledge and the innocence of the child on the right. The outdoor setting suggests the landscape of Bouguereau’s native La Rochelle, a coastal town in northern France. It has also been described as an Arcadian background, based upon the seventeenth century idyllic representations of the original Peloponnesian pastoral country of shepherds.
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Type: Commentary, Iconography
Source: Iconography for Adolphe-William Bouguereau, Temptation, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis (1998).
Rights: ©MIA
Added to Site: March 10, 2009