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Court seems to boost claim to 'Adam' and 'Eve' at Norton Simon Museum
Court seems to boost claim to 'Adam' and 'Eve' at Norton Simon Museum

The Bible tells us that all the world's troubles began with Adam and Eve taking fateful bites of forbidden fruit. The German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach the Elder captured the moment in 1530, painting Adam and Eve on paired wooden panels that hang amid the stately calm of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. It's nothing like the netherworlds the 6-foot-tall paintings plunged through during the first half of the 20th century, when their owners included the Soviet regime of Josef Stalin and one of Adolf Hitler's top henchmen, Hermann Goering. Because of that history, trouble continues to surround "Adam" and "Eve." They are the prize in a bitter...

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