When this painting was first exhibited in 1717, it caused a great scandal, not because it was the regent, Philippe d’Orléans, and his mistress Marie-Madeleine de la Vieuville who had sat for Adam and Eve, but because Jean-Baptiste Santerre had originally painted them without navels. He was an ardent supporter of the so-called dogme de l’anomphalie or anomphalisme, which seems to be restricted to France. The navels that you see now were probably added by another painter, Santerre died soon afterwards.

In January 2005, the painting was sold in an auction for $276,800 by Doyle New York, who still keep a description page with many details.

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