Lawrence Chaplin/Adam. 51"X37" Oil on Masonite, $4200

Adam is the masculine form of the Hebrew word adamah meaning ground or earth and related to the words adom (red), admoni (ruddy) and dam (blood). Gen. ii. 7 tells that the man was called Adam because he was formed from the ground (adamah). The account in Genesis ii recounts that God first formed Adam out of "the dust of the ground" and then "breathed into his nostrils the breath of life" causing him to "become a living soul." God then placed Adam in the Garden of Eden, with the commandment that "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil , thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."