The Adam and Eve Reliefs on the Fašade of the Cathedral of the Assumption, Orvieto

14th century

1. The Creation of Adam
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2. God Puts Adam to Sleep and Takes a Rib from His Side

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3. God makes Eve from Adam's rib. Both have the soft shapeliness of young bodies unaccustomed to work.

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4. God admonishes Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

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5. They eat the fruit. Then God calls them as they cower in hiding.

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6. They are Driven from Paradise. The modeling makes the two seem appreciably older than in the previous panels. The ribs and muscles in Adam's torso show through his skin, and even the veins in his legs are visible.  Eve has changed, too. We do not see long, flowing tresses, and her belly is starting to sag.

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7. Following the curse in Genesis 3:17, Adam digs while Eve spins. Eve's hair is now tucked into a bob, and Adam's face seems ravaged by time. His mattock may be a conventional device; we have seen it also in a relief on the cathedral at Modena.

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Photographed at the cathedral by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.