This image is from a book with biblical history made around 1455. It contains a staggering 180 coloured drawings from the Old Testament, this one showing God creating Adam. As you can see, the decorator did not want us to see all parts Adam was given: he covered his private parts with a leaf. It was appropriate to do so, since the text itself (the Bible) mentions how a fig leaf was used for this very purpose. What is so great about this picture, however, is that the leaf is still attached to a plant. Moreover, it is almost as if God grabs Adam by the arm to pull him behind the concealing plant. And just in time too! It all makes for an amusing scene in a serious book.
Pic: New York, Public Library, Manuscript and Archives Division, MA 104 (dated 1445). More information about this manuscript, including more images, are found here.
Marina Abramovic’ | Balkan Baroqueperformance at the XLVII Biennale, Venice 1997
Reminiscent of Cleaning the Mirror #1 (1995), in which she sat on a stool for three hours washing a skeleton, Abramovic created Balkan Baroque in response to the innumerable deaths that had taken place in the former Yugoslavia. Sitting on top of 1,500 cow bones in a white dress, she spent four days, six hours a day, washing each of these bloody bones…
The comparison between the inability to scrub away all the blood and the inability to erase the shame of war is a concept she viewed as having universal reach.