The majestic west front of Washington National Cathedral is classically Gothic in form, honoring centuries of tradition in sacred architecture. The 13-foot tall tympanum over the central portal, a masterpiece entitled Ex Nihilo, dominates the suite of sculptures. Ex Nihilo's eight figures, their eyes not yet opened to the new life that awaits them, are captured in what sculptor Frederick Hart described as a "state of rebirth and reaffirmation of all the possibilities of being human." This piece is available exclusively through the Washington National Cathedral.
The influence of Michaelangelo can be seen in this work by Rodin. Adam has been well described as a "powerful but immobilized being" in this embodiment of the story of Genesis.
According to Walker Art Center curators, "The graceful, athletic Italian woman he (Rodin) used as his model for 'Eve,' the mother of all humanity, added an unexpected naturalism to the sculpture, as she was pregnant."
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (March 6, 1475—February 18, 1564) was one of the great Italian sculptors and painters of the Renaissance. He began his famous marble statue of Moses in 1513 and completed it two years later. The original Moses is displayed at the Church of San Pietro in Rome, Italy.