Night Assembly of Adamites, Adamites in Amsterdam

Francois La Cave

Francois La Cave - Night Assembly of Adamites, Adamites in Amsterdam
The Adamites were a sect that derived their name from the Bible’s Adam. Its adherents saw him as the only man without sin. By following him, the sect members wanted to return to innocence and build a paradise on Earth. Nudism was a feature of this sect. In the Netherlands, the Adamites were active especially in the 14th century. They held a demonstrative burning of their clothes in Amsterdam on February 11, 1353 and went naked into the streets. The participants of the gathering were arrested, jailed and later dismembered.
measurements: height 373 mm
width 240 mm
material: paper
technique: etching
inventory number: R 239337
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings