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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.

November 22, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink


This was very interesting, tx Joe

Posted by: RobWeeve | Nov 26, 2014 7:55:42 PM

Yes, amazing. I have tried so many times to repair broken pieces, starting with a marble statue my mom inherited when I was a teenager, to a broken Limoges chocolate pot later in life. My success was varied, but I never had the patience required to really do it right. These people deserve a medal. (Although the guy that put that statue on a plywood base, not so much.)

Posted by: tamra | Nov 24, 2014 4:12:49 AM

Inspiring and fascinating inside look at the process—thank you!

Posted by: Marianne | Nov 22, 2014 5:24:41 PM

Just came from visiting this statue in person. Really enjoyed the accompanying restoration video.

Posted by: Carol Feldman | Nov 22, 2014 11:58:49 AM

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