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mysterious, demonic, tempting, fabulous ...
symbolizes the fall, death
associated with the devil, Satan or Lucifer, associated with chaos
evokes wisdom, knowledge, passion, evil, charm

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evokes wisdom, knowledge, passion, evil, charm

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  1. 1. mysterious, demonic, tempting, fabulous ... symbolizes the fall, death associated with the devil, Satan or Lucifer, associated with chaos evokes wisdom, knowledge, passion, evil, charm
  2. 2. Serpents in Western painting
  3. 3. Between life and death, between the real and the imaginary ... a dark landscape with a dead tree and a large cloud in the sky, a young woman and a necklace around which a snake is wrapped ... the temptation and the seduction, death, rebirth and immortality a perfect beauty elevated to the rank of ideal, a chaste and marmoreal beauty of a Simonetta glorified after her death ... the serpent thus becomes the Neoplatonic symbol of death, the only one that allows this beauty to be achieved Piero di Cosimo Portrait de Simonetta Vespucci Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci 1480 Musée Condé, Chantilly
  4. 4. the cupola of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, God or Jove, with the avenging thunderbolt in his hand, an inscription NULLA DETERIOR PESTIS QUAM FAMILIARIS INIMICUS ("Nothing is more dangerous than a family's enemy") and two boys are assailed by serpents … interpreted as an allegory of the civil struggles that divided Florence at the time of Savonarola The man dressing in red would be God or Jupiter; in the latter case, the man nearing him would be nearing paganism, the serpent being a symbol of the Devil making him stumble later. Lippi Filippino, Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio Allegory Allégorie 1498 Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
  5. 5. the Fall of Man ... Adam and Eve find a serpent and a and the tree ... and the serpent offers them an apple. Hieronymus Bosch, Jérôme Bosch The Haywain Triptych, left wing Le Chariot de foin, panneau de gauche 1516 Museo del Prado, Madrid
  6. 6. the triumphant Christ, the angels, the three Mary's, four guards and a crane signifying resurrection (and reputed for its skill at killing snakes) and a snake at the foot of the sarcophagus, referencing Satan The snake is meant to signify that Christ’s resurrection has defeated Satan, and he no longer holds any power. Raphael, Raphaël Resurrection of Christ La Résurrection du Christ 1499-1502 Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo
  7. 7. The serpent coils around the branch of a tree and offers the forbidden fruit ... In this work, Dürer blames Eve for the Fall of Man as he catches her uncovering her erotic, female charms. She should have dismantled the conspiracy of the snake. Too late for that. Anyway, Eve’s attitude shows that the time has come to conquer Adam. Eve positions the branch of the Tree of Good and Evil in the direction of Adam. Eve encourages Adam to break the taboo imposed by God ... Adam’s hands, expose moderate vacillation. Albrecht Dürer Adam and Eve Adam et Ève 1507 Museo del Prado, Madrid
  8. 8. The Virgin, the Child, trees, human figures and a crane and a snake seem to be in a battle of sorts, a symbolization between the struggle between good and evil Giovanni Bellini Madonna del Prato 1505 National Gallery, London
  9. 9. the parallel between Pandora's story and the Fall of Man, the double mythological and religious symbolism … … the skull, the apple branch, a reference to the apple of original sin, the vase, representing the vase of Pandora and the snake wound around the arm … Jean Cousin l'Ancien, Jean Cousin the Elder Eva Prima Pandora 1550 Musée du Louvre, Paris
  10. 10. Concealing the apple behind her, Eve glances coquettishly at Adam, this one halfway between nude and skeleton ... With the Serpent – the Devil – are intimately bound together by touch, grasp, bite and embrace: the serpent is coiled around Adam and around the tree trunk, closes its jaws around Adam's wrist, which is at the same time grasping the arm of Eve. Adam's decrepit condition, suggests the work of poison from the serpent; the snake's grip on Adam recalls the biting of the apple in the Fall. Hans Baldung Ève, le Serpent et la Mort Eve, the Serpent, and Death 1510-1512 National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  11. 11. a charming landscape and Eve, a woman driven to disobedience by a snake, Adam, a totally innocent man who allows himself to be convinced and the last moment before His Fall Pierre Paul Rubens, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Pierre Paul Rubens, Jan Brueghel l'Ancien The Garden of Eden with the Fall of Man Le Jardin d'Éden et la chute de l'Homme 1615 Mauritshuis, The Hague
  12. 12. the triumph over sin ... a Bible, a crucifix, a chalice, a chasuble, a woman, here the personification of Faith, the foot on a globe, an apple and a snake, the Evil, crushed by a stone on a floor Johannes Vermeer The Allegory of Faith L'Allégorie de la Foi 1670-1672 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  13. 13. the severed head of Medusa with a startled expression on her face, spiders, scorpions and a lizard and a mess of snakes ... Peter Paul Rubens Head of Medusa Tête de Méduse 1617-1618 Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
  14. 14. Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen, alone in the moments before she commits suicide by submitting to a poisonous snakebite. Artemisia Gentileschi or possibly Orazio Gentileschi Death of Cleopatra La Mort de Cléopâtre 1613 or 1621-1622 Collection Gerolamo Etro, Milan
  15. 15. the dying struggle of Laocoön and his sons with the sea serpents, sent by the gods, grey and swirling clouds, the Trojan horse moves towards the city Toledo ... a disturbing background that adds to the suffering of the foreground El Greco Laocoön Laocoon 1610-1614 National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  16. 16. In Paradise Lost Milton writes a more detailed account of the Fall, in which Eve has a dream of Satan giving her the fateful apple ... Satan hovers in malevolent glory over Eve, who is entwined by his alter ego, the serpent of the Garden of Eden. Wlliam Blake Satan Exulting over Eve Satan exultant sur Eve 1795 Getty Center, J. Paul Getty, Los Angeles
  17. 17. The Virgin Mary surrounded by angels and crowned with stars trampling on the serpent holding an apple in its mouth, represents the serpent of the Garden of Eden and Original Sin Giambattista Tiepolo The Immaculate Conception L'Immaculée Conception 1767-1769 Museo del Prado, Madrid
  18. 18. the painter, the apple, the halo, and the snake … … The apples and serpent are references to the garden of Eden, to temptation and to Milton's Paradise Lost. The snake enticed the biblical character Eve to taste the forbidden apple from the Tree of Knowledge. From then on, Adam and Eve had knowledge of good and evil. The snake might symbolize evil and temptation, but might also represent knowledge. Paul Gauguin Autoportrait Self-Portrait 1889 National Gallery of Art, Washington
  19. 19. Eve as femme fatale … a knowing look, much - but not too much - of her naked body peering out from the dark and the head of the serpent perched on her right shoulder Franz von Stuck Sin Le Péché 1893 Neue Pinakothek, Munich
  20. 20. The Assyrio-Babylonian goddess, later known as the first woman in Jewish tradition, as a "femme fatale"... a sensual and monstrous woman inciting to original sin, a cold murderess and a serpent-wrapped temptress ... an erotic and dangerous fusion judging by the woman's bold gaze and the snake's fangs John Collier Lilith 1892 Atkinson Art Gallery and Library, Southporth
  21. 21. a European fantasy of life in the Islamic world … a room with blue-tiled walls, a group of armed men from a variety tribes, an older man playing a fipple flute and a naked boy holding a python which coils around his waist and over his shoulder Jean-Léon Gérôme Le Charmeur de serpents The Snake Charmer 1879 The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
  22. 22. a enormous python in Lord Leighton's Garden of the Hesperides ... a beautiful garden full of floral fragrance, three languid young women, one of them caresses the scaly hide of the serpent … (this detail makes the scene even more sensual) Frederic Leighton The Garden of the Hesperides Le jardin des Hespérides 1892 Lady Lever Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool
  23. 23. a full moon, a weird vegetation, an human figure and snakes This woman charms Wild Nature, or rather she transfixes it still in a strange silence ... Henri Rousseau La Charmeuse de serpents The Snake Charmer 1907 Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  24. 24. o.esqsegues@gmail.com Serpents in Western painting Serpent dans la peinture occidentale images and text credit www. Music The Piano Guys Begin Again (PianoCello Cover) created olga.e. thanks for watching

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