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Temptation in the Garden

n.d. George Lopez Born: Cordova, New Mexico 1900 Died: Cordova, New Mexico 1993 carved wood Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. 1998.84.25 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26B


Luce Center Quote

“This is a sort of Adam and Eve creation story . . .” George Lopez, quoted in Thetford LeViness, “He Carves the Santos---In the Land of the Penitentes,” Desert Magazine, 1958

Luce Center Label

George Lopez made several images of Adam and Eve inspired by his father’s carvings of the Garden of Eden. In this piece he depicted the Fall, the moment when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. Lopez showed the serpent changing from a snake into a demon to emphasize how easily Satan deceived the first couple.

Keywords

Landscape - tree

Religion - Old Testament - Adam

Religion - Old Testament - Eve

Religion - Old Testament - Garden of Eden

Religion - Satan

sculpture

folk art

About George Lopez

Born: Cordova, New Mexico 1900 Died: Cordova, New Mexico 1993

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