Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Creation/Temptation, Wiligelmo 

The Italian sculpture, Wiligelmo, carved the series of events within the biblical Adam and Eve story into the marble walls of the Cathedral of Modena. The relief is one meter high. This particular portion shows the temptation of of Eve, taking the apple. As you can see, within the progression, next comes the banishment from the garden. 
I think this is a unique display and commentary on gender roles. Adam sleeps while Eve is tempted, insinuating that all could have been prevented had he been awake and aware. The bodies also speak to the time period--lacking true accuracy and detail. They are simply columns with legs and arms, very Romanesque in their unspecific depiction. 

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