5.3 Symbolic animals
There is in the Florentine Bargello a leaf of an ivory diptych which shows Adam accompanied by the animals. He sits a little apart from them, but smiles down at them with a dreamy expression on his face, and the animals seem perfectly at their ease. It must date from the fourth century, when representations of Orpheus were still common, changeable and contradictory, made up of fear, admiration, greed, ""cruelty and love. But why did the harmony of the Golden Age never exist?