(Fig. 1)  Ernst Barlach (1870–1938), 'The rocks', woodcut from the cycle The transformations of God, 1920.

Cf. 1. Mose 1,31: God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.


(Fig. 2)  Emil Nolde (1867–1956), 'The grand gardener', oil, 1940. Sprengel Museum / Hanover.

Cf. Matthew 6,28f: "See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these."


(Fig. 3)  Tintoretto (1518–1594), 'The creation of the animals', oil, c. 1550. The Academy / Venice.

Cf. 1. Mose 1,20: And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”


(Fig. 4)  Motif on a Hamburger stove, 'The animals in Paradise', c. 1730.

Cf. 1. Mose 1,30: "And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it — I give every green plant for food.”


(Fig. 5)  Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564), 'The creation of Adam', ceiling fresco, 1511, Sistine Chapel / Rome.

Cf. 1. Mose 1,26: Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."


(Fig. 6)  Johann Hauser von Aach, 'The creation of Eve', oil, c. 1600.

Cf. 1. Mose 1,27: So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.


(Fig. 7)  Marc Chagall (1887–1985), 'Eve and the serpent', detail from The Creation, stained glass window, 1963, Metz Cathedral.

Cf. 1. Mose 3,6: When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.


(Fig. 8)  Albrecht Dürer (1451–1528), 'Adam and Eve', modern gold lithograph on black high-tech diamond based on Albrecht Dürer's 1504 copperplate engraving.

Cf. 1. Mose 3,6: She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.


(Fig. 9)  Bischof Bernward (993–1022), 'The judgement in Paradise', bronze relief on Bernward Gate, 1015, Hildesheim Cathedral.

Cf. 1. Mose 3,9-13: But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?" He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" The man said, The woman you put here with me — she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it. Then the LORD God said to the woman, What is this you have done? The woman said, The serpent deceived me, and I ate.


(Fig. 10)  Ernst Barlach (1870–1938), 'The cherub', woodcut from the cycle on Schiller's 'Song to Joy', 1927.

Cf. 1. Moses 3,24: After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

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