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The Adam and Eve in Eden capital, 12th century

Admire this leaning column capital depicting the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

The drama of Paradise unfolds on all three sides of the capital. On the right, Adam and Eve, tempted by the serpent, eat the apple. Both are naked. In the center, God, wearing a cruciferous nimbus, faces the two guilty parties. They occupy the left side of the capital. They hide in the foliage.

After the destruction of the abbey church, this capital was housed in the Bourbon chapel, where Guilhermy noted its presence in 1854. Transferred to the museum in 1892, it remained there until 1949, when it was transferred to the abbey's Farinier. Since 2012, it has once again been on display at the Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie.

Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie de Cluny
Inv.: 866.1.22
Eglise abbatiale Cluny III

Le chapiteau Adam et Eve dans le Paradis terrestre, XIIe siècle

© Centre des monuments nationaux / Ville de Cluny / Guillaume Pommier

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