"The Temptation and Expulsion of Adam and Eve by Michelangelo", in the Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo’s “Temptation and Expulsion of Adam and Eve” (also known as “The Fall of Man”) is one of the nine main scenes on the Sistine Chapel ceiling depicting subjects from the Book of Genesis. The scene is divided in two by the central Tree of Knowledge, around which is coiled a muscular woman-headed serpent, with the temptation taking place on the left and the expulsion on the right. Curiously, Adam actively reaches for the forbidden fruit, while a very masculine Eve languidly reaches to accept it from the serpent. This cause has its effect on the other side as an angel dramatically gestures to the couple to leave Eden. Buona visione!


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