As promised, today I’m sharing part two of my fascination with this sculpture of Adam and Eve in the garden. But first, let me clear up a misconception that someone had: this is not a sculpture by Michelangelo…I was just using him as a lead in to the story yesterday because I may just be his biggest fan when it comes to sculpture and the Sistine Ceiling. I didn’t know who the creator of this art was until after I loaded this post and a friend (thanks, Joe!) found it! It is the work of the late Francesco Fabi-Altini.
If you look closely at the picture above, you’ll see that it is taken from the back side of the sculpture. As I was standing in front of the statue, I noticed that there was a part of a snake that was carved into the rock near the feet of Eve. It was the tail end of the snake, not the front. (You can see it coming around from the front near Eve’s feet). So, I followed the body of the snake around the back of the statue and there was the serpent…apple in mouth, reaching up to tempt the first woman. (Not being sexist here – that’s how the story is recorded…that Eve was deceived, but Adam knowingly did what he knew to be wrong – which I think is the greater failure!)
She’s not looking at the serpent, but the apple is just about to brush her knee. Had she already seen the serpent and was saying something to Adam (see yesterday’s post where she seemed to be almost whispering in his ear – and he seemed glum and pensive)? You can almost imagine that her hand that is on Adam’s back, is about to slip down to receive the fruit, take a bite and offer it to Adam.
The next picture is a closer image of the snake:
As I said yesterday, I could have sat and stared at this statue and contemplate all that was transpiring for several hours. The expressions on the faces (see yesterday’s post) and the drama that is playing out here was incredible.
Again, kudos to the artist!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Phuoc Binh, the capital of Phuoc Long Province, about 60 miles north of Saigon, fell to the North Vietnamese. Phuoc Binh was the first provincial capital taken by the communists since the fall of Quang Tri on May 1, 1972.
Two days later, the North Vietnamese took the last of the South Vietnamese positions in the region, gaining control of the entire province. The South Vietnamese Air Force lost 20 planes defending the province. Presidents Nixon and Ford had promised South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu that the United States would come to the aid of South Vietnam if the North Vietnamese launched a major offensive in violation of the Paris Peace Accords. However, the United States did nothing when Phuoc Binh fell to the communists. In fact, the passive response of the United States convinced North Vietnam that the Americans would not soon return to Vietnam, and encouraged the Politburo in Hanoi to launch a new attack in the hopes of creating ripe conditions for a general uprising in South Vietnam by 1976.
When the North Vietnamese launched the new offensive in early 1975, the South Vietnamese forces, demoralized by the failure of the United States to come to their aid, were defeated in just 55 days. North Vietnamese tanks crashed through the gates of the presidential palace on April 30 and South Vietnam surrendered fully to the communists.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: The Penan nomads who live on the island Borneo (southwest of the Philippines) maintain that women do not have a soul until their wedding day.