The Creation of the World
THE ICONOGRAPHY
Perhaps the first thing that strikes modern viewers about medieval Creation images is the picturing of the Creator as Jesus Christ. Especially in the first millenium, there was a reluctance to picture God the Father. Additionally, Colossians 1:15-16, says Christ "is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For in him were all things created in heaven and on earth." The Creed proclaimed at every Mass makes the same assertion: "through him all things were made."

Otherwise, Creation images follow Genesis closely and will be easily read by most Christians and Jews.

Prepared in 2019 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University

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Detail from the Creation mosaics in the Palatine Chapel

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Sculpture at Orvieto Cathedral – See description page

This dome fresco from circa 1240 represents the days of Creation plus the Fall of Man – See description page

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