The Adam and Eve Reliefs on the
Façade of the Cathedral of the Assumption, Orvieto
1. The Creation of Adam
2. God Puts Adam to Sleep and
Takes a Rib from His Side
3. God makes Eve from Adam's rib.
Both have the soft shapeliness of young bodies unaccustomed
4. God admonishes Adam and Eve
not to eat the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good
5. They eat the fruit. Then God calls
them as they cower in hiding.
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.
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
relief on the cathedral at Modena.