Tullio Lombardo’s statue of Adam was the centerpiece of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newly installed Renaissance exhibit. Carved around 1490 for the tomb of the Doge of Venice, purchased by the Museum in 1936, it was their most important Italian Renaissance sculpture and one of the most important Italian sculptures outside Italy. On October 6, 2002 after the museum had closed for the evening, guards discovered the sculpture shattered on the marble floor. The pedestal designed to support the sculpture had collapsed sending the prized sculpture crashing to the floor. The value of the sculpture was estimated at $40 to $80 million.
Rapperport Associates was retained to conduct a failure analysis of the pedestal.Return to Case Studies