david weber-krebs

the earthly paradise

The Vatican Museums displays the monumental painting by Johann Wenzel Peters »Adam and Eve in the Earthly Paradise« (1827). It represents the mythical first man and woman in a pastorale alongside some 250 other animals. It is actually a perfect example of the way 19th century was seeing and representing untouched nature. David Weber-Krebs uses this work in order to refect on how to apprehend the idea of nature now, some two centuries later, when it is said that the two iconic humans in the painting of Peters’ have »touched« the planet they live on to an extent, that they have altered it forever.