|Eve Tempted, by Hiram Powers: National Portrait Gallery|
|Detail of the same|
|Serpent from the same|
|Eve Disconsolate by Powers: NPG|
About Eve... there were two sculptures of her there, both by Hiram Powers. Powers was a native son of Vermont whose Dad moved him to Ohio early in life, but whose interest in sculpture led him to Florence. He became a celebrated artist, perhaps best known for The Greek Slave, but his Eve Tempted and Eve Disconsolate are both quite famous. Presenting them together is very sensible -- the expressions before and after the consumption of the fruit present a narrative which must only be guessed at if they are seen separately. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston had only Eve Disconsolate, a fine sculpture which expresses much, but my father-in-law wondered rather impishly whether she was disconsolate before or after the Fall. The position of the two sculptures in the Smithsonian left little doubt of the artist's intent, and that doubt can be banished with the simplest research about Powers.
|by eilocin, from DeviantArt|
There are better photos of these sculptures available on the web, but sometimes it does my heart good to give the photo credit to myself. It's vanity, I know, but call it an early Christmas present to myself.