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ITALY

 

 

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)

 

FRANCE

 

 

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

 

SPAIN

 

 

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

 

 

San Martín in Frómista, Spanish Camino

 

Santa Maria la Real, Sangüesa (Navarra)

 

Catalan Cloister Capital (now in Cluny Museum, Paris)

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRITAIN

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

guidebook photo

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ITALY:  Cloisters of San Paolo fuori le Mura, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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