[Milton-L] Adam and Eve Accused

Horace Jeffery Hodges horacejeffery at gmail.com
Thu Oct 30 15:12:44 EDT 2014

NYC's Met has an exhibition of Pieter Coecke van Aelst's tapestries, and
one of them is a fine image in which *God Accuses Adam and Eve after the
Fall* (ca. 1648). I have this image on my blog, along with links:


God's red robe and the serpent's tricolor display are both interesting.
Milton's serpent is also colorful in PL 9.499-501:

. . . his Head
Crested aloft, and Carbuncle his Eyes;
With burnisht Neck of verdant Gold

Different colors, of course, but this leads me to wonder about traditions
concerning the serpent's coloring . . .

Jeffery Hodges

Ewha Womans University
Seoul, South Korea

Novella: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E18KW0K (*The Bottomless Bottle of
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