Temptation in the Garden
Born: Cordova, New Mexico 1900
Died: Cordova, New Mexico 1993
carved wood Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.
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.
Landscape - tree
Religion - Old Testament - Adam
Religion - Old Testament - Eve
Religion - Old Testament - Garden of Eden
Religion - Satan