God creates Woman and introduces her to Adam (Dios crea a la mujer y la presenta a Adán)

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God creates Woman and introduces her to Adam (Dios crea a la mujer y la presenta a Adán)
With the creation of Man, God concluded the universal process narrated in the first chapter of the Genesis. However, the Almighty decided that “it is not good for the man to be alone” and created Eve “and brought her to the man” (Genesis 2, 22).

A much-told tale

If there is one well-known biblical passage, that is the Creation (The Bible begins with it), and the part related to the creation of our first parents and their life in Paradise is specially relevant. This is the moment seen in the tapestry: the introduction of Eve to a much surprised Adam, who has barely recovered from the deep sleep God had made him fall into in order to take the rib he then used to make his helper. A nice surprise which is set off by the presence of the serpent, foretelling disaster. The narration of the Genesis became a recurring theme in tapestries, although not the same scenes were repeated every time. Thus, both in the edition at Burgos' cathedral and that at National Heritage, the piece “God creates Woman and introduces her to Adam” is a differentiated scene preceding the tapestry “God forbids Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of good and evil”, whereas in the series in Krakow these two events are included in a single piece.

Series Genesis or The Creation Man

Model based on Michiel Coxcie

Manufacture Jan Aerst in Brussels, c. 1630

Fabric Silk and wool

Size 330 x 260 cm

Location Cathedral of Burgos

Origin A bequest to the cathedral in the 18th c. by treasurer Ramón de Campuzano

On display St James's chapel (museum)


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