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Frontal Nudity

Saturday, August 4th, 2012
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The Temptation of Eve

The Temptation of Eve

This striking figure of Eve once graced the north portal of the Saint-Lazare Cathedral in the town of Autun. Dating from the early 12th century, the work is attributed to an artist named Gislebertus. It has been called “the first large-scale nude in European art since antiquity.” This copy on display in the Cité d’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris.

If one looks closely at the right-hand side of the sculpture, one can see three fingers of the devil’s claw holding the branch of the apple tree that he extends to Eve. She seems to be absentmindedly plucking the forbidden fruit.

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