Not all nudity in art is presented for the temptation of the viewers. This sculpted relief of the Cathedral, the Duomo, of Orvieto is a good example. We simply rejoice in the “building up” of the wife of Adam from Adam’s rib.
One of Jan “the Elder” Brueghel’s better works, which would have us wonder what YHWH Elohim and Adam and Eve are discussing as YHWH Elohim presents Adam’s wife to Adam, instead of having us gape with fallen human eyes at all too sensuously presented bodies. They are distant, reminding us of the distance of time. They were our first parents, way, way, way back in the days of yore.
This black and white print from a Dutch bible present but one angel. There should be at least two angels, terribly ferocious cherubs, but, O.K. At least Adam and his wife are clothed in the bleeding skins prepared for them by YHWH Elohim to remind them of the kind of violence that will be involved in their redemption. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni just couldn’t get it right in the Sistine Chapel, thus missing out on all the great theology presented in the Sacred Scriptures. Too bad, that. At least Michelangelo didn’t try to present super sensuous presentations of the human body, as do almost all other artists when depicting various scenes in Genesis.
Part of the exegesis of Genesis 2,4–3,24 will, of course, deal with original innocence before the fall and then the perception of nudity after the fall. This exegesis will fill the lacuna presently had with all variations of what is called the Theology of the Body. This will help one to evaluate more accurately, incisively, the Theology of the Body written about by Blessed John Paul II, which is so very different from the blasphemous, obscene, pornographic versions that are so rampant today, and which surely help to drag many souls straight to hell. So, this will be an important part of the The Genesis 2,4–3,24 Project.
Those who follow along will be presented with some hard work in the reading of the popular edition of the thesis, but will come to know, please God, the artwork that is the Hebrew Text of Genesis 2,4–3,24. I hope ye all persevere.
By the way, there is great art depicting the resolution of original sin by way of redemption. Here, for instance, is Jesus, immediately after dying on the cross and before the resurrection, calling forth Adam as the first one to be greeted by the Divine Son of the Mother of the Redeemer spoken of in Genesis 3,15:
Don’t forget, Wisdom 10,1 speaks of the repentance of Adam!
That gives us hope, no? Yes, it does, much hope.