The Expulsion of Adam and Eve

WAG 148


This painting shows the moment that Adam and Eve are forced to leave Paradise, or the Garden of Eden, for eating the forbidden fruit. Nowell demonstrates his ability in painting the nude and conveys the helplessness of the couple. The thorny path in front of them represents the hostile wilderness to which they are now condemned, contrasting with the pleasant flowers of the Garden of Eden to the left. The four angels bar the path back to Paradise, enforcing God’s judgement.