People: Oct. 21, 2002

It Was So Much Safer in Eden

In what could be considered "The Fall of Man: The Sequel," a priceless marble statue of ADAM tumbled off its pedestal at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Created by Venetian sculptor Tullio Lombardo between 1490 and 1495, the 6-ft. 3-in., 1,800-lb. statue broke into several pieces, with the arms and legs sustaining particularly bad fractures. Curators have determined that the pedestal buckled of its own accord. The statue, which the Met acquired in 1936, is expected to be restored and put back on display in two years, with evidence of the damage visible...

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