Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805
Died: Florence, Italy 1873
plaster 70 1/4 x 22 1/8 x 21 1/2 in. (178.4 x 56.2 x 54.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson
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Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 18A
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“. . . as for her nudity---she does not appear to know that she is so.” The artist, quoted in April Kingsley, Hiram Powers’ Paradise Lost, Exhibition Catalogue, 1985
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Eve Tempted was Hiram Powers’s first full-length ideal statue. It shows Eve contemplating an apple in her hand while a serpent lingers at her side. American audiences in the nineteenth century felt that statues and paintings of nude figures were scandalous, but Powers maintained that “clothing would be preposterous, for [Eve] was naked only after she had fallen.” Her pensive expression anticipates the consequences of her actions, which the artist described in his later piece, Eve Disconsolate.
Animal - reptile - snake
Religion - Old Testament - Eve
Religion - Old Testament - Genesis
State of being - evil - temptation
Study - sculpture model
About Hiram Powers
Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873
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