Temptress

  • Howard Newman, Temptress, 1978, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1985.30.54

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Howard Newman often portrayed weapons and armor as extensions of the human body. Temptress is a malignant figure of a woman with a cracked, insectlike exoskeleton. She could be Eve in the Garden of Eden, offering fruit from the forbidden tree. Her grotesque armor and threatening features suggest a warning against the seductiveness of power in a modern, industrial world.

Title
Temptress
Artist
Date
1978
On View
Dimensions
14 x 12 1/4 x 14 in. (35.5 x 31.1 x 35.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • State of being – evil – temptation
  • Figure female
Object Number
1985.30.54
Palette
Linked Open Data
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