15th-Century Nude Statue of Adam
Shatters at the Met
NEW YORK, 9 October
2002 - A 15th-century sculpture of Adam by Venetian master Tullio
Lombardo fell to the floor and shattered sometime over the past
weekend in the Velez Blanco Patio of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
on the floor at the base of its pedestal by a museum guard, the broken
pieces of the priceless nude figure include its arms, legs and an
ornamental tree trunk intertwined with a serpent and a grapevine.
Dated from 1490 to 1495, the nude sculpture was once part of
a tomb made for the Venetian doge Andrea Vendramin, where it was
paired with a figure of Eve.
While museum authorities do not
suspect vandalism, a complete investigation is under way. Musuem
conservationists expect to be able to restore the 6-foot 3-inch
life-size nude so that only trained professionals will detect the
restoration. Met curators hope to present Adam to the public
again in about two years.
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