Giovanni di Paola (Italian, 1400-1482), "Creation of the World and Expulsion from Paradise" (1445, tempera & gold on wood, 18.25 x20.5 inches).
This little gem is in the Met (NY). Giovanni kept the style of the earlier medieval artists, concentrating on mysticism.
Image on the right is a detail from the piece, showing a naked angel "escorting" Adam & Eve out of Paradise. It was unusual to depict an angel naked and in human form! Theories suggest that it symbolizes the angel's deep compassion for mankind's corrupted state (after the fall from grace).
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"The First Day of Creation" from the Nuremberg Chronicle. The Nuremberg Chronicle is an illustrated world history, following the story of human history as related in the Bible. Written in Latin by Hartmann Schedel ( a medical doctor, humanist, & book collector) ,it appeared in 1493. The illustrations were hand painted after printing.