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(Cattedrale metropolitana di Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo e San Geminiano)

Rilievi alla Duomo di Modena

Reliefs at the Cathedral of Modena

Wiligelmo & Medieval artist
c. 1110

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Description

The Modena cathedral was built in the 12th century by the architect Lanfranco. The façade has notable reliefs by Wiligelmus, a contemporary of Lanfranco's; these include portraits of prophets and patriarchs, and most of all the Biblical Stories, a masterpiece of Romanesque sculpture. The scholars have pointed out the splendid achievements in the creation of Adam and Eve, the original sin and the story of Noah.

Four reliefs of Genesis by Wiligelmo, ca. 1110

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Creazione dell'uomo, della donna e peccato originale
The Creation of man and woman, and the original sin

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Cacciata dal Paradiso Terrestre
Expulsion from Paradise

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Sacrificio di Caino e Abele, uccisione di Abele e rimprovero divino
Sacrifice of Cain and Abel, Abel's killing and divine rebuke

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Uccisione di Caino, l'arca del diluvio, uscita di Noè dall'arca
Cain's killing, the ark of the flood, Noah's exit from the ark

Other scupture at the main façade

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mathevs and marcvs
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Christ in Majesty
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john and lvcas

Christ in Majesty and the symbols of the four evangelists, left the lion of St. Mark, the angel of St. Matthew, and right the eagle of St. John and the ox of Saint Luke.

These symbols of the evangelist are stylistically close to Wiligelmo but are attributed to one of his students, the so-called Master of the Evangelists. The releif of Christ in Majesty is by the so-called 'campionesi-masters' in the 13th century.

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Two lions supporting the entrance's columns; they are of Roman age, probably discovered while digging the foundations.

Sculptors

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Abel
  • Adam and Eve
  • Ark of Noah
  • Cain and Abel
  • Cain
  • Christ (Maiestas Domine)
  • Christ
  • Evangelists (Four)
  • Expulsion from Paradise
  • Medieval artist
  • Noah
  • Wiligelmo
  • Locatie (N 44°38'47" - E 10°55'30")

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