Maitani’s Marvels

Lorenzo Maitani (1275-1330) was the medieval architect and sculptor responsible for the most beautiful church in Italy: the Orvieto cathedral. Around 1310, the same year that Giotto was painting the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Maitani sculpted his magnum opus, the reliefs at Orvieto. They are marvels of the period and, to my mind, the most extraordinary works of sculpture of their age. Here, a scene from Genesis, the Creation of Eve. God draws Eve from the rib of Adam as angels with magnificent wings watch on the right.