If you ever visit the Swabian Castle in Trani it is easy to miss this little gem of a sculpture while trying to avoid the blistering sun in the central courtyard. Several of these small sculptured consoles indicate that a roof construction must have been present once. These types of architectural 'leftovers' are not strange for a castle. This castle was built by order of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II (1194-1250) between 1233 and 1249. Afterwards, the castle was repurposed and modified many times, such as in the early 1500s, when complete areas were demolished and newly constructed. Or consider the period 1860-1975, when the castle served as a prison and had to be adapted for that specific function. Only in 1998 was the castle restored to its current state. The figures of Adam and Eve depicted here are most likely part of the earliest design, as they are typical for the somewhat clunky Romanesque style. It is only in the Gothic style (e.g. the work of Nicola Pisano) that a development towards naturalism starts to become a central theme. The first half of the 13th century may seem a late dating for Romanesque sculpture, but it is not so strange if you consider that the Gothic style originated in France around the mid-12th century and that Trani is located all the way south in 'the heel of Italy'.