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San Michele al Pozzo Bianco, Bergamo



Brancacci Chapel, Florence



San Paolo fuori le Mura (Rome)


Frederick II's Castello in Trani



Cattedrale di Santa Maria Annunciata, Otranto, Puglia





Cattedrale di San Nicola il Pellegrino



Franciscan Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, Galatina



Monreale (Sicily)





Gislebertus' Temptation of Eve in Autun



Basilique Ste-Madeleine, Vézelay (Burgundy)


Cathedral North Rose and Palais du Tau, Reims (Champagne)



Good Samaritan Window, Chartres



St-Gatien Cathedral, Tours









Abbey of Fleury - San Benoît sur Loire



St Pierre, Bessuéjouls





Santiago de Compostela Cathedral



San Martín in Frómista, Spanish Camino


Santa Maria la Real, Sangüesa (Navarra)


Catalan Cloister Capital (now in Cluny Museum, Paris)










Dryburgh Abbey, Scottish Borders



Misericord, Worcester Cathedral



Lincoln Cathedral Facade    North Rose Window



Norwich Cathedral, Roof Boss



St Peter, Hook Norton - Font






St Petroc, Bodmin - Bishop's Chair






Several English Norman fonts are in the pipeline



Some other Adam and Eves



An Islamic Adam 'n Eve perspective











ITALY:  Masaccio (left) and Masolino (right) capture the expulsion moment  in the Brancacci Chapel, FlorenceMasaccio's image is widely regarded as one of the works that kicked off Italian Renaissance painting







FRANCE:  The Temptation of Eve by Gislebertus - originally half of the cathedral door lintel, now in the Rolin Museum, Autun (Burgundy)



Vezelay, Adam and Eve Capital


FRANCE:  Basilique Ste-Madeleine, Vézelay (Burgundy)





FRANCE:  Fleury Abbey Church - San Benoît sur Loire - Where on earth did the faces and hair styles come from ?






SPAIN:  Adam (with Spanish mo matching that of God) and Eve being ejected from an archivolt of the Puerta de las Platerias (Goldsmith's Portal) - the only Romanesque portal left in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela









SPAIN:  San Martín in Frómista, Spanish Camino





SPAIN:  Santa Maria la Real, Sangüesa (Navarra)




SPAIN:  1100s Catalan cloister capital, now in the Cluny Museum, Paris





FRANCE:  Adam and Eve in an archivolt of the facade of Notre Dame la Grande, Poitiers (West France)











FRANCE:  Capital in the tiny pilgrim chapel in the tower of St-Pierre, Bessuéjouls (near Espalion, SW France)





ITALY:  Eve seems to be feeding the serpent in this primitive fresco in the old monastery Church of San Michele al Pozzo Bianco in Bergamo





FRANCE:  St-Gatien Cathedral, Tours - Adam and Eve - entry - sampling - admonishment - exit






FRANCE:  The North Rose window of Reims Cathedral



These large sculptures, now in the Palais du Tau (Reims), were the original 1235 voussures inside the external arch of the north transept rose window of Reims cathedral.  They have been replaced by copies.




FRANCE:  The Adam and Eve Story occupies a set of scenes in the Good Samaritan Window of Chartres Cathedral


Below is a glimpse of life post Eden - Eve, looking sad and droopy and not really in to learning how to spin,  and Adam resignedly learning to dig.




SCOTLAND:  Relief image - Dryburgh Abbey, Scottish Borders










Postcard image



ENGLAND:  Expulsion moment from the facade of Lincoln Cathedral








ENGLAND:  Lincoln Cathedral north rose - and Adam and Eve get rehab advice on their new careers as digger and spinner after the unfortunate affair with the serpent and apple.





ENGLAND:  Eve, Serpent and a hacked off Adam in a misericord in Worcester Cathedral.








ENGLAND:  Adam, a very glam Serpent and Eve in a roof boss in Norwich Cathedral





ENGLAND:  St Petroc, Bodmin



ENGLAND:  St Peter, Hook Norton









ITALY:  This corbel in Frederick IIs Castello in Trani (Puglia), used to support a canopy over the entrance to the Castello's grand hall - where Manfred,  last of the Hohenstaufen Kings of the combined lands of Sicily & Southern Italy, married Helena in 1259









ITALY:  Adam and Eve in the transept of the completely mosaiced floor of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Annunciata, Otranto (South Puglia) (left).

They are also given a wonderful little "celebrity farewell" cameo (right) in the nave mosaics. 





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ITALY:  Many of the Romanesque Puglian Cathedrals originally had mosaiced floors, but these have largely disappeared over the centuries.  In Trani the surviving mosaic bits and pieces near the altar include this Adam and Eve



SICILY:  Monreale Duomo and Cloisters













The photos above right and below left on the right are from the book "Cloisters of Europe".  This outstanding coffee table book can presently (May 2009) be obtained for very good prices.


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ITALY:  Cloisters of San Paolo fuori le Mura, Rome










Lastly, for something completely different, a take on our two friends from an Iranian Islamic "Book of Divination" c1550, from:



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