Some of the few subjects from Genesis (along with Moses from Exodus) are listed in the table below. Others will follow but there are not many still in existence. The Creation itself is so rare as to be non-existent in the English parish church so far as I know - but then it is rare everywhere, perhaps because it needs a Matthew Paris, Michelangelo, or William Blake to do it justice. But a painting from Chalfont St. Giles in Buckinghamshire which shows either the Creation of the Animals or Adam Naming the Beasts is now (July, 2004) on the site. The Fall and Expulsion, along with accompanying scenes, have such obvious moral force that it is not surprising to find them painted in the local church. According to Keysers List (see Bibliography) there were 12 examples of Adam and Eve at the end of the 19th century, but that figure was probably out-of-date even then. Certainly their number has dwindled to around half that now.
¹Biblical typology - the process whereby events in the Jewish Bible or Old Testament were believed to prefigure those in the Christian Scriptures - is found throughout the Middle Ages. As late as the 16th century, Eleanora Ippolita Gonzaga, Duchess of Urbino, had a Book of Hours with typological scenes including Manna in the Wilderness/Last Supper. [Bodleian MS Douce 29, fols.55-6]. More information on typology and the Biblia Pauperum is online at The Internet Biblia Pauperum
|Creation of the Animals(?)/Fall & Expulsion from Paradise, Chalfont S. Giles, Bucks.||Expulsion from Paradise, Kelmscott, Oxon||Adam Delving & Eve Spinning, Bledlow, Bucks.||Expulsion from Paradise/Adam delving & Eve Spinning, Broughton, Cambs.|
|Scenes from the Creation of Eve to the Expulsion, Easby, N. Yorks||The Fall & its Aftermath, Hardham, Sussex||Cain & Abel, Kelmscott, Oxon||The Story of Cain & Abel, West Kingsdown, Kent||Moses with Commandments (painted image & text), Stokesay, Shropshire||The Sacrifice of Isaac, Launcells, Cornwall||Levi, patriarch of Israel, Burton Latimer, Northants NEW|
Click here for a MS image showing Cain murdering Abel from the Pierpoint Morgan library.
October 22, 2011
© Anne Marshall 2011