FrontRunners: Eve's Surrender

<< Back to Robb Report, April 2007

    Eve’s surrender to a certain craving in the Garden of Eden caused a good deal of misery in the ensuing millennia, some believe. But at least that early act of rebellion inspired great works of art. Among them is the gilded bronze panel shown here, one of 10 that Lorenzo Ghiberti fashioned in the mid-15th century for a pair of 20-foot-high doors installed in the baptistery of Florence. The panels, collectively titled Gates of Paradise, show scenes from the Old Testament. Following more than 25 years of restoration work, three of them—depicting the stories of Adam and Eve, Jacob and Esau, and Saul and David—soon will tour the United States, after which they will be reassembled in their door frames. The exhibit, called The Gates of Paradise: Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Renaissance Masterpiece, will open at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art (www.high.org) in April and conclude at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in January.

    Photo by Bob Tursack
    Maya Angelou’s art collection focused on works by African-American masters...
    When the air had cleared after the frenzy of New York’s spring art auctions, players and spectators...
    This circa-1900 pink-swirl marble is in what Dan Morphy calls “wet mint condition,” or as pristine...
    The display is part of a hotel-wide renovation that will be completed by the end of the year...
    Heritage Auctions will also offer Mickey Mantle’s rookie card and Mike Ditka’s Super Bowl playbook…
    Photo by Cordero Studios⁄corderostudios.com
    Charles and Judy Tate assembled a world-class collection of Latin American art—and then gave it all...
    Photo by The Strong, Rochester, N.Y.
    The American game culture is almost as old as the country itself...
    Photograph by Ron Pierson, courtesy of Guernsey's
    The bounty from the sunken ship includes 40 tons of silver and gold valued at $450 million…
    Photo by Michael Richter
    Visitors trekked to Maastricht, the Netherlands, for the March opening day of the European Fine Art...
    The 13 new portraits include images of Douglas Cramer, Judy Garland, and Ernesto Esposito…