In the beginning

The creation of the world

The beginning of Genesis, the first book of the bible, has always given rise to reflection and debate. In the Middle Ages this debate remained of course within the boundaries of the Christian faith. The created universe was an accepted fact, not an opinion to be discussed. Since Darwin and the rise of evolutionary theory, the debate has received an added dimension, and it certainly has not lost its topicality. One only has to search the internet with the combined keyword 'evolution' and 'creation' to get an impression of the occasional intensity of the discussion. This gallery, obviously, is not a contribution to the debate. It merely serves to show how the creation was visualized in the Middle Ages.

Division of light and darkness -More images

Division of light and darkness -More images

Division of the waters above and below the firmament -More images

Division of the waters above and below the firmament -More images

Dry land appears and produces all kind of plants -More images

Dry land appears and produces all kind of plants -More images

Creation of sun, moon, and stars -More images

Creation of sun, moon, and stars -More images

Creation of birds and fishes -More images

Creation of birds and fishes -More images

Creation of land-animals -More images

Creation of land-animals -More images

Creation of man: Adam -More images

Creation of man: Adam -More images

Creation of man: Eve -More images

Creation of man: Eve -More images

God rests on the seventh day -More images

God rests on the seventh day -More images