Museum Monday: Jim Dine’s The Garden of Eden (2003) will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBiA) in New York, Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden. The show, on view from June 27 through September 28, considers the Garden of Eden as a lens through which to view the relationship between humans and the natural world.

ANAGNORISIS

[noun]

a moment in a play or other work when a character makes a critical discovery. Anagnorisis originally meant recognition in its Greek context, not only of a person but also of what that person stood for; i.e. the hero’s sudden awareness of a situation, the realisation of things as they stood, and finally, the hero’s insight into a relationship with an often antagonistic character in Aristotelian tragedy. In his Poetics, as part of his discussion of peripeteia (a sudden change of events), Aristotle defined anagnorisis as “a change from ignorance to knowledge, producing love or hate between the persons destined by the poet for good or bad fortune” (1452a).

Etymology: from Greek anagnōrisis, from anagnōrizein, “to recognise, from ana- + gnōrizein, “to make known”; akin to Greek gnōrimos, “well-known”, gignōskein, “to come to know”.

[Anna Lea Merritt - Eve in the Garden of Eden]

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The Tree of Knowledge - Qurna, Iraqi

An unusual shrine stands on the shore of the Tigris: a small, dead tree. Protected by low brick walls and surrounded by a concrete plaza, this tree is -according to local legend- is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the one that Eve ate from in the Garden of Eden

Visit Atlas Obscura for a little more of a look at this sacred spot…