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Eluid Levi Martinez
Temptation
1990
painted aspen and cedar
21 x 14 1/4 x 16 5/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist



The aftermath of the temptation is the subject of this carving by New Mexican Eluid Martinez. Adam and Eve have fled, leaving behind a partially eaten apple. The snake coiled around the Tree of Knowledge and the winged Devil remain, as do bright red fruits that are symbolic of future temptations.