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The Serpent tempting Eve (Satan's first address to Eve); Henry Fuseli; 1802; 1887/...

The Serpent tempting Eve (Satan's first address to Eve), Henry Fuseli, 1802, 1887/1/13
Name/Title
The Serpent tempting Eve (Satan's first address to Eve)
About this object
The Romantic movement in eighteenth-century Western Europe provided an alternative focus to that of the Age of Reason, deriving its name from a fascination with intuition, emotion and mysticism, and privileging subjective responses over the rational mind. The narrative moments encoded in the drawings of Henry Fuseli draw on such interpretations of meaning, covering biblical themes, ancient history, mythology and literature. Along with William Blake, Fuseli drew on current debates regarding the Sublime, which reworked its original meaning as 'supreme beauty' into a new dynamic and powerful force, divinely inspired. In 1789 Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery opened in London, heightening Fuseli's interest in Shakespearean themes. His own Milton Gallery followed Boydell's, and included the larger oil painting Satan's First Address to Eve, for which this preparatory sketch was initially painted. He illustrates the lines 'Veil'd in a cloud of fragrance, where she stood, Half spy'd, so thick the roses flushing round . . .' from Milton's Paradise Lost. Eve combines the popular poses of the Venus Pudica and Andromeda Chained to the Rock, and seems mildly amused by the squirming serpent that unwraps itself from the tree behind her. The work was presented by New Zealand's first Governor, Sir George Grey, whose collection, along with that of James Tannock Mackelvie, helped to establish the Gallery. (from the Guide, 2001)
Maker Role
Artist
Date Made
1802
Medium and Materials
oil on panel
Measurements
302 x 238mm
Subject and Association Description
nudes, women, hair, religious art, Christianity
Credit Line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of Sir George Grey, 1887
Object Type
Painting
Object number
1887/1/13

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