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Monreale cathedral, bronze doors of Bonannus of Pisa, Eve serves Adam

Monreale cathedral, bronze doors of Bonannus of Pisa, Eve serves Adam

The bronze doors of the west entrance of Monreale cathedral were signed and dated (1186) by Bonannus of Pisa who also made two sets of doors for Pisa Cathedral. Twenty Old Testament scenes occupy the five lower rows and twenty New Testament scenes the upper five rows. This panel is in the second row (from the bottom) of the Old Testament scenes on the left door. It follows the scene of the sword-bearing angel bringing a mattock to Adam, as a sign of the labor that was a consequence of the Fall. Here, Adam uses the mattock to work the soil, while the palm tree behind him is a reminder of Eden. The scene is titled, “Eve serves Adam,” and Eve is bringing food and drink to her husband, based, perhaps, on the final line of God’s punishiment of Eve with the pains of childbearing (Genesis 3:16), “...yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”. The next scene – on the right door -- picks up on this by showing the birth of Cain and Abel. D'Emilio photo archive no. s19781116_2064u (13.4.17/JD)
Galleries: Adam and Eve laboring, Bonannus of Pisa, Bronze doors, Bronze doors of Bonannus of Pisa, Monreale cathedral, Doors, Italy 1180s, Tituli on bronze doors
Keywords: mattock, palm
Photo Location: Monreale, Italy
Photographer: Dr. James D’Emilio
Date of Photo:
Device Make: Nikon
Device Model: Nikon SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED
Original Dimensions: 3434×5206
Picture Orientation: Portrait
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Picture Number: 22425