An example of an artwork which invites narcissism is Albrecht Durer’s Adam and Eve. Discussed under the section on “naked and nude”, Adam and Eve engage the narcissistic identifications of both males and females.

 

THE ABOVE IMAGE NEEDS TO BE STRAIGHTENED UP AND LIGHTENED

Adam is the nude, muscular ideal. Men who obsess over issues of physical fitness either believe that they have the muscle groups as portrayed in the engraving, or when younger, they used to have those cut muscles, or if they were to spend twenty hours per day in a gym and take steroids that they will develop those muscles. That body in the picture is theirs or could be theirs.  Women can identify with Eve, for she represents the naked truth with a body appropriate to a middle-aged woman. For the female viewer, Eve could remind them of their mother, aunt, grandmother, or their own aging process. She is naked, rather than nude. Her face is average, arms scrawny, breasts small and uneven, and hips misproportioned.  

Therefore, Durer’s engraving engages men and women through narcissism. Produced in Germany, the intended target audience equals 100% of the home population.