Final Essay: The Openness of Museums (the MET) and Tullio Lombardo's Adam

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ART HISTORY 387 Conservation: This 4 page double-spaced essay including photos describes an experience at the Metropolitan Museum of Art seeing Tullio Lombardo's Adam partnered with it's conservation exhibit. The essay discusses a new movement for museums being more open about their conservation efforts and their involvement with the public.

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Tullio Lombardos AdamWalking through the galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the recentThanksgiving break, my head swiveled almost uncontrollably from side to side as I tried totake in everything around me. That was why I almost missed it. Yet, from the corner of myeye, I saw an eerily lit side gallery, and after a second look, I saw a white nearly naked mangazing to his left, holding an apple close to his lips. My father told me about this, and toldme to find it when I visited the museum. He said it was amazing. That it had broken intothousands of pieces, and somehow, the conservators were able to faultlessly piece it backtogether. It took them years.On October 6, 2002, the plywood pedestal displaying Tullio Lombardos Adamcollapsed. The marble statue crashed to the ground and shattered into 28 large pieces andhundreds of smaller fragments (not thousands, but it must have appeared so.) Since thatday twelve years ago, curators and conservators from the Metropolitan Museum of Artcollaborated to restore the sculpture to its high standard pre-accident. Additionally,instead of placing it back into the gallery as if nothing ever happened, th
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