Temptation

  • Eluid Levi Martinez, Temptation, 1990, cedar, aspen, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1991.98

Luce Center Label
Eluid Levi Martinez produced many versions of the temptation in the Garden of Eden. He plays with scale in his pieces, making objects bigger according to their importance in the story. In this piece the devil and the tree of life loom over the other trees, but the apple is the largest of all the elements because it symbolizes the desire and temptation that led to man's downfall.
Luce Object Quote
"In about 1981 . . . I decided to do a Tree of Life . . . [but] I didn't know how to finish the tree. I suddenly had the idea of cutting it off and putting the apple on top. It might have been a once in a lifetime thought." Eluid Levi Martinez, Southwest Profile, April 1989
Title
Temptation
Artists
Date
1990
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
21 x 14 1/4 x 16 5/8 in. (53.4 x 36.2 x 42.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • State of being – evil – temptation
  • Religion – Satan
  • Object – fruit – apple
Object Number
1991.98
Palette
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