Temptation of Eve (Mirror)

Temptation of Eve (Mirror)

View of a bronze mirror by Elbert Weinberg entitled Temptation of Eve. A large disc is supported by the nude figure of man, presumably Adam, the husband of Eve. The relief sculpture on the disc depicts a nude woman and a large snake. In the biblical Book of Genesis, Eve, the first woman, is tempted by a Serpent to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, resulting in the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. The polished back of the disc could be used as a mirror. The exact date of the sculpture is unknown. It may date from the mid-1980s. However, Weinberg was making small figurative sculptures incorporating mirrors as early as the 1960s. The photograph may have been taken in the mid-1980s or in the early 1990s, following the death of the sculptor.