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Collapse of the 15th Century Statue of Tullio Lombardo’s Adam

Statue of 15th Century Adam FEA Model of Wooden Base

 

Tullio Lombardo’s Adam is the greatest Venetian 15th-century work of art in America. The sculpture was carved around 1490 for the tomb of Doge Andrea Vendramin in the Church of Santa Maria dei Servi, Venice and it was originally paired with a now lost companion of Eve. It is the first monumental classical nude carved since antiquity and was admired by both Michelangelo and Canova.

Described as a “tragic, freak accident” one section on the base of its reinforced plywood pedestal apparently buckled, and the statue of Adam crashed to the ground. O’Donnell Consulting investigated the cause of the accident.

However, the story of Adam does not end here. See http://www.ansys.com/About-ANSYS/Advantage-Magazine/Volume-IX-Issue-3-2015/the-fall-and-rise-of-adam.

 

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