The Fall of Man / Hendrik Goltzius / National Gallery

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Here’s a beautiful figure painting for your viewing pleasure . I hope you can see the little snake above Eve’s head. It had me laughing because it looks like it has a little angel face that seems feminine or childlike, and I always pictured the snake as male in my own mind. I’ve seen a lot of human figures with animal heads in art, but the snake body with a human face looks much scarier to me.

I don’t have all the info on this painting. If you know the history please share and I’ll post it.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ziggyshortcrust
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 12:51:36

    I too had thought of the snake as male because it was meant to represent the Devil. Goltzius knew better 😉

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