Capital with Original Sin


Palazzo Madama

Palazzo Madama
Torino, Italy

From the cloisters of the collegiate church of Santi Pietro e Orso in Aosta, a complex dated 1132 in an inscription. Together with other capitals, it was probably removed from the cloisters in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century when work was carried out on the eastern gallery. The his-toriated capitals along the colonnade told a story that started with events in Genesis: one of these shows that of Original Sin with the figures of Eve and Adam – who is seen gripping his throat after swallowing the fruit – and the serpent winding round the tree.
Another capital, from the same collegiate church, portrays The Annunciation to the Shepherds.


  • Title: Capital with Original Sin
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1132
  • Origins: Valle d’Aosta
  • Date of acquisition: 1886
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Guglielmi
  • Provenance: Museo Civico d'Arte Antica - Palazzo Madama, Turin
  • Type: Scupltures
  • Rights: http://www.palazzomadamatorino.it/copyright.php
  • Medium: White marble

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