(b. 1378, Firenze, d. 1455, Firenze)

Creation of Adam and Eve

Gilded bronze, 79 x 79 cm
Baptistry, Florence

Each panel of the Gates of Paradise depicts several episodes of a biblical narrative. This panel depicts the Creation of Adam and Eve, the Fall and the Expulsion from the Paradise.

Within a single panel with a unified landscape, Lorenzo Ghiberti brilliantly combines several narrative episodes related to the creation from the Book of Genesis. In the foreground on the left God the Father raises Adam up from the earth. On the opposite side of the panel, Ghiberti represents the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise, while in the centre, God is depicted in the act of creating Eve. The ideas found in these representations did not escape the attention of Michelangelo nearly a century later.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 12 minutes):
Joseph Haydn: The Creation, introduction and aria