[Milton-L] Adam and Eve Accused

Michael Gillum mgillum at unca.edu
Thu Oct 30 17:07:02 EDT 2014

The serpent seems to be anticipating his judgement and is about to go on
his belly. Unlike Milton, the visual artists have been oddly unwilling to
imagine the prelapsarian serpent as anything other than a regular snake,
with or without a woman's face. Blake is an exception, but he is following
Milton. Michelangelo's gross, fleshy temptress is more woman than serpent.

On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 3:12 PM, Horace Jeffery Hodges <
horacejeffery at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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:
> http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.kr/2014/10/a-simple-tapestry.html
> 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
> Beer*)
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