The Creation of Man

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The scene represents the creation of Adam by a kindly god who makes man emerge, like the potter producing a vase from the clay, with this difference:  he transmits the divine breath of life to him.  We can see this scene above the north transept of Chartres cathedral.

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The position or orientation of a cathedral carries great meaning. The north is associated with the world of origins, of the birth of life. It is therefore quite natural that we should find this scene of the creation of man above the north transept of Chartres cathedral. The scene represents the creation of Adam by a kindly god who makes man emerge, like the potter producing a vase from the clay, with this difference: he transmits the divine breath of life to him. We can see this scene above the north transept of Chartres cathedral

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