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November 22, 2014

After The Fall: Tullio Lombardo's "Adam" — A Masterpiece Restored

"Around 6:00 p.m. on October 6, 2002, the pedestal supporting "Adam" by Tullio Lombardo gave way, and the Venetian Renaissance sculpture (1490-95) fell to the floor, breaking into twenty-eight large fragments and hundreds of smaller ones."

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which owns the piece, documented the restoration in the video up top.

Below, a time-lapse video of the restoration.

Below, the order of assembly.

The sculpture, along with details of the restoration, is currently on view at the museum and will remain up through July 2015.

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