The story of Adam and Eve appears in art a lot. There’s just something about this particular story of the first humans’ fall from grace that strikes a chord with artists. I tend to think it’s a combination of human nature wanting to have a scapegoat or two for all of its problems, plus artists loving any excuse to paint people naked. But whatever.
This particular rendition is by 15th century Italian artist Giovanni di Paolo. It’s actually called “The Creation and the Expulsion from the Paradise,” but I like to imagine it all as a more creative take on the expulsion bit.
We’ll start with God.
He swoops in, surrounded by winged angel heads. Were all those angels strangulated before they were beheaded, giving them that attractive purplish tint? Also, why is God always old in paintings? Here he just created the universe, but he’s already literally trying to chase the kids off his lawn. WITH THE UNIVERSE. To me, it looks like he’s rolling the universe right back up, Katamari Damacy style. “You kids don’t like my rules? FINE. NO UNIVERSE FOR YOU.”
Before the whole fruit issue, it kind of looks like there were problems in the garden already.
Are these demonic groundhog holes, burrowing up through the Orchard of the Lord? See if you can tell when spring arrives in a vacuous abyss, Punxsutawney Satan.
Evidently Adam and Eve weren’t the only ones on restrictive diets in the universe. It is possible that the reason we can’t see angels is because they are always turned sideways to our line of sight. I have to say that the angel doesn’t look very fearsome as he chases the humans out. Really he looks more like he’s telling them, “Please…go now…find some food, before it’s too laaaaate…”
I think the best part, though, is Adam. Here he is, being kicked out of Paradise, the universe being sucked up behind him, and he takes the time to cop a feel as he strolls out.