However, since artists often followed the studio tradition, painting from previous versions of a scene--and so learning from and absorbing other artists' expressive inventions into their own work--any responsible iconographic study would founder in the shallows of literal expectation if the painting were only judged by its adherence to these details and therefore seen to be successful only if it functioned as a simple illustration for the scene. Subscribe here. Adam covers his face in shame, while Eve's embarrassment is such that she tries to cover her body with her hands. This leads to significantly greater realism, and is one of the hallmarks of figurative painting developed during the Florentine Renaissance period.
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