In Peter Paul Rubens depiction of Adam and Eve picking fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, Eden is depicted as a peaceful ‘Eden’ with the animals, herbivores and carnivores alike laying down alongside one another, an idyllic and naive imagining of the garden. The image illustrates a powerful allegory of what we’ve lost due to our own insouciance, narcissism, even hubris, taking what we choose, selecting one ‘fruit’ or bit of knowledge over another and thereby putting the entire garden at risk, rejecting God and his ‘plan’. For this ‘sin’ they were expelled.

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