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Satan tempting Eve, from John Milton's Paradise Lost, Book 9, line 780

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Satan tempting Eve, from John Milton's Paradise Lost, Book 9, line 780

1824-1826
19th century
27.6 cm x 37.4 cm (10 7/8 in. x 14 3/4 in.)

John Martin (Haydon Bridge (Northumberland), England, 1789 - 1854, Douglas (Isle of Man)) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, English
Medium and Support: Mezzotint and drypoint
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of the Still Water Foundation, 1996
Accession Number: 1996.272

Subtle gradations of mezzotint burr and expressive etched marks in the foreground draw us in: Satan, in the form of a fanged snake, invades paradise, persuading Eve to take an apple from the Tree of Life. At this moment, Eve already has the apple in her hand, unbitten, while in the distance Adam wanders, unaware of the threat to them both.

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