A spectacular glazed terracotta Adam and Eve, produced by the workshop of Giovanni della Robbia in the 16th century, greets visitors entering the Walters' Sculpture Court. The circumstances of its creation and its original location remain uncertain. Recent conservation work and technical study by Walters conservator Gregory Bailey has uncovered new evidence of how this object has been altered and restored over time, and revealed more of the original ceramic surfaces that have been seen in generations. Mr. Bailey will be joined by colleagues Dr. Joaneath Spicer and by Dr. Marietta Cambareri of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for a discussion of the content, significance, and technical aspects of this intriguing monumental sculpture.
Gregory Bailey is Assistant Objects Conservator at the Walters Art Museum.
Joaneath Spicer is the James A. Murnaghan Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the Walters Art Museum.
Marietta Cambareri is the Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture and Jetskalina H. Phillips Curator of Judaica, Art of Europe, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.