Eve Tempted by the Serpent by William Blake, England, 1799-1800.

Blake drew his inspiration for this scene from the book of Genesis in
the Old Testament and from John Milton’s epic poem  ‘Paradise Lost’
(1667). Blake often experimented with painting techniques, and here the
surface has flaked badly because of the poor adhesion between a
glue-based paint and the copper support he used.

Victoria and Albert Museum

February 2, 2016

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