RENI, Guido
(b. 1575, Calvenzano, d. 1642, Bologna)


Cappella dell'Annunziata, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome

The nude figure of Adam in the niche to the left of the altar alludes the original sin, which has been overcome thanks to Mary's contribution. The nude Eve that was originally pictured in the opposite niche, an indispensable figure in such a context, was painted over by the pope's request, replaced by an unidentified prophet.