Titled “New Adam”
by John Belardo.
Modeled and fired in delicate terra-cotta, the
sculpture is 30” high x 95”wide x 12”deep.
This sculptural narrative depicts important Biblical episodes from both the Old and NewTestaments.
The creation of Adam and Eve is represented at one end and the Passion of Christ on the other, the Holy Spirit is at the center. Each scene is carefully woven into the complex whole. Christ is theologically the new Adam as Mary is the new Eve
Now, both of them were naked, the man and his wife, but they felt no shame before each other.
So Yahweh God expelled him from the garden of Eden, to till the soil from which he had been taken.
Then Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain rose up against
his brother Abel and killed him.
Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering, loaded it on Isaac, and carried in his own hands the fire and the knife. Then the two of them set out together.
Then she went and sat down at a distance, about a bowshot away, thinking, 'I cannot bear to see the child die.' Sitting at a distance, she began to sob.
Then God opened Hagar's eyes and she saw a well, so she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. Genesis 21:16,17
Noah, a tiller of the soil, was the first to plant the vine. He drank some of the wine, and while he was drunk, he lay uncovered in his tent.
God said, 'Take your son, your only son, your beloved Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, where you are to offer him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains
He overpowered the dragon, that primeval serpent which is the devil and Satan, and chained him up for a thousand years.
And the LORD went before them in a pillar of cloud to guide their way by day, and in a pillar of fire to give them light by night, so that they could travel by day or night.
I did not know him myself, but he who sent me to baptise with water had said to me, "The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is to baptise with the Holy Spirit.”
'Sir,' said the woman, 'give me some of that water, so that I may never be thirsty or come here again to draw water.’
They said, 'Woman, why are you weeping?' 'They have taken my Lord away,' she replied, 'and I don't know where they have put him.’
Then to the disciple he said, 'This is your mother.' And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
He said that and then added, 'Our friend Lazarus is at rest; I am going to wake him.’
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.