On the evening of October 6, 2002, Tullio Lombardo's marble statue Adam, part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection, fell to the floor of the Vélez Blanco patio, where it was displayed, and broke into 28 recognizable pieces and hundreds of small fragments. The ensuing investigation uncovered that the unfortunate incident occurred when the wood pedestal that it was displayed on collapsed. After undergoing more than a decade of extensive painstaking process of restoration Adam is now on display at the museum. Museum officials say their process for restoring the sculpture helped create a new model on how to conserve large sculptures.
The sculpture is the first monumental classical nude since antiquity. The restored statue is now on exhibit.