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Eve Tempted

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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Depiction of the temptation of Eve from the Bible story in the book of Genesis. The naked figure of Eve stands beneath the Tree of Knowledge on a carpet of blue, white and yellow flowers and grass, with one hand leaning against the earthen bank behind her, the other reaching up over her head to grasp an apple. Eve faces the viewer, her head turned to the right of the picture, her eyes blankly gazing down and her left foot in front of her right. She has long blonde hair which hangs behind her and swoops up at her right hip to cover her genital area. A blue serpent, with a hideous human head and red hair, entwined about the trunk and branches of the tree, whispers temptation, in the form of steamy breath, into Eve's ear. A small, Italian-style cypress trees and a path winding through grass can be seen in front of the red brick garden wall in the background.

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester

Title

Eve Tempted

Date

c.1877

Medium

tempera on panel

Measurements

H 161.2 x W 75.5 cm

Accession number

1883.29

Acquisition method

gift from John Slagg, 1883

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

Unsigned

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