stone, ca. 1130
Musée Rolin, Autun, France
“This scene representing Eve was originally on the door lintel of the former north transept portal of the Cathedral of Saint-Lazare in Autun.
Eve is sensuous and seductive like no other in Romanesque art. She is presumably also a work of that Gislebertus who signed the tympanum. The figure of Adam has been lost. Supporting on her right elbow and knees, Eve is moving through the Garden of Eden as if she were the serpent itself. She is looking towards Adam, to whom she is whispering instructions to do what she has just done, using her right hand, holding it against her mouth, to amplify what she is saying; her left hand is reaching behind her, in order to pick the apple on a branch which is being bent towards her by the clawed hand of her seducer. The presence of her feminine nudity is heightened further by the anatomically exaggerated way in which her upper body is turned towards the observer.” - Web Gallery of Art
arsvitaest says: I was two years old when I first saw an image of this stone relief—the photo appeared in an art book that my mother had—and for some unexplained reason, the sight of it terrified and at the same time excited me. For years, I looked at the picture once or twice a day just to experience that. Wish I could still feel it.