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Adam and Eve

Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description The first two humans are depicted with ideal bodies that recall ancient marble sculptures. The snake has a woman's face that resembles Eve's. During this period, women were often described as untrustworthy, and this negative idea is reflected in the gender of the face of the snake. The inscription on the base indicates that this is one of the many works of art made in Florence to celebrate the triumphal entrance of Pope Leo X, a member of Florence's Medici family, into the city on November 30, 1515. The central coat of arms is the pope's. To the right is that of the Salviati family, and to the left is that of the Buondelmonti family, demonstrating their support of the pope. For several generations, the artists of the Della Robbia family in Florence were noted for the production of brightly colored, glazed terracottas, often produced for architectural settings.

Examined to determine stability; loose joins reinforced with adhesive.

Examined for condition, surfaces cleaned of dust and grime.

This object was cleaned to remove dirt and grime, as well as reduce prior restoration materials that were covering original ceramic surfaces. The object was examined and analyzed to answer questions as to its authenticity and extent of prior restoration. Several broken fragments were repaired, and old painted restorations were toned to better match the original.

Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969ExaminationExamined, repaired.
12/31/1969ExaminationExamined, cleaned
12/31/1969TreatmentCleaned, examined, repaired.
4/01/1974Treatmentcleaned; repaired; loss compensation
3/01/1988Treatmentcleaned; coated; loss compensation; other
3/16/1988Examinationexamined for condition
7/06/1998Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Mme Camille Lelong, Paris; Lelong Collection Sale, Paris, 1902, no. 98; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931 .
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1902

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1515 (Renaissance)
terracotta with glaze
Accession Number
H: 110 1/16 x W: 83 7/16 in. (279.5 x 212 cm)
Location Within Museum
Stairway to Scuplture Court

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