QUERCIA, Jacopo della
(b. ca. 1367, Quercia Grossa, d. 1438, Siena)

The Creation of Adam

1425-35
Istrian stone, 99 x 92 cm (with frame)
San Petronio, Bologna

This is a relief from the portal of San Petronio. Jacopo worked in Bologna sporadically until his death. He was commissioned to execute ten Genesis scenes for the pilasters by the doors. The scenes included the Creation of Adam.

On the main doorway of San Petronio in Bologna Jacopo returned from the sensitive style of his Siena relief to the heavy drapery style characteristic of his Trenta Altar, and produced a series of extremely monumental relief figures that made a deep impression on the young Michelangelo.

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