Eve Tempted

  • Hiram Powers, Eve Tempted, modeled 1842, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson, 1968.155.7

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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.

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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

Title
Eve Tempted
Artist
Date
modeled 1842
On View
Dimensions
70 1/4 x 22 1/8 x 21 1/2 in. (178.4 x 56.2 x 54.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – reptile – snake
  • State of being – evil – temptation
  • Religion – Old Testament – Eve
  • Religion – Old Testament – Genesis
Object Number
1968.155.7
Palette
Linked Open Data
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