Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index

  • Title: Eve
  • Creator: Unknown artist; scholars formerly identified the sculptor as Gislebertus
  • Description: A reclining Eve grasps the forbidden fruit with her left hand. A fig tree hides her genitals. With her right she touches her cheek, an iconographic motif found in other depictions of the Fall and which connotes Adam’s and Eve’s grief at the Expulsion. The sculptor thus eloquently conveys a number of emotions in a single figure.
  • Source: Wikimedia Commons
  • Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
  • Subject (See Also): Eve (Biblical Figure) Fall of Humankind Sexuality
  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 12
  • Date: Circa 1120-1132
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  • Current Location: Autun, Cathedral of St. Lazarus, north transept portal (destroyed), lintel fragment
  • Original Location:
  • Artistic Type (Category): Digital images; Sculptures
  • Artistic Type (Material/Technique): Reliefs (sculptures)
  • Donor: Gislebertus (?); See Seidel, Linda. Legends in Limestone: Lazarus, Gislebertus, and the Cathedral of Autun. University of Chicago Press, 1999.
  • Height/Width/Length(cm): 72.4 cm/129.5 cm/
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  • Related Resources: Autun, Musée Rolin;
    Bleeke, Marian. "Resurrecting Lazarus: The Eve from Saint-Lazare at Autun," IN Motherhood and Meaning in Medieval Sculpture: Representations from France, c. 1100-1500. Boydell Press, 2017. Pages 87-119.