Tempted by the Fruit of Another
March 31, 2004
Browsing through an anthology last night, I came upon a poem by Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914 -- 4 years younger than Robert Frost or Gertrude Stein, but not so long-lived) inspired by Lucas Cranach the Elder's painting of Eve. Because the lady in question -- Eve, not Adelaide -- resides here in Pasadena in the collections of the Norton Simon Museum, I reproduce the poem in her honor.
Click through the eyes on your left to see her altogether in the altogether. Her perplexed gentleman companion -- who hangs beside her in the gallery unless they've fallen, ha ha -- can be found here.
The poem can be read here:
For Lucas Cranach's Eve
Was there a time
When Paradise knew Eve
In this sweet guise, so placid and
The lady's pretty lovely, but those arms would look better on a guy. Perhaps she had a great fastball?
Posted by: bridget | March 31, 2004 at 02:17 PM