Creation of Eve and Temptation, detail from illumination in 'Golden Haggadah' reverse(028ADD000027210U00002V00)
Medium: Pigments and gold on vellum
The famous manuscript known as the ‘Golden Haggadah’ is a sequence of Hebrew prayers in celebration of the Passover. It was made in Spain around 1320, richly decorated and illustrated with miniatures.
This scene shows the fateful moment when Eve, tempted by the serpent coiled round the Tree of Knowledge, persuades Adam to eat the forbidden fruit. Suddenly aware of their own nakedness, they cover themselves with fig leaves.
Other pictures on the same page show Adam naming the animals, Cain and Abel offering a sacrifice, Cain burying his murdered brother, and Noah with his family leaving the ark.