Posted on March 26, 2015 in "Students"
WPI student and professor assist Metropolitan Museum of Art in restoration of 500-year-old sculpture of Adam
It seemed a catastrophe. A classic, priceless piece of art and history nearly demolished.
A little after closing time on a Sunday in October 2002, a plywood pedestal supporting a life-size Renaissance-era marble statue of Adam collapsed, toppling the sculpture by Tullio Lombardo. It shattered into hundreds of fragments, an essential 500-year-old crime scene scattering the floor of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
But hope, patience and meticulous contemplation eventually prevailed.
Dozens of experts from a variety of disciplines came together to accomplish the painstaking, 12-year-long task of literally piecing the artwork back together.