William Blake, 'Eve tempted by the serpent'

William Blake, 'Eve tempted by the serpent'

William Blake
'Eve tempted by the serpent'
England
1799-1800
Museum no. P.28-1953

Blake drew his inspiration for this scene from the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament and from John Milton's epic poem 'Paradise Lost' (1667). In the story of Adam and Eve the serpent represents evil. It tempts Eve to eat the forbidden apple leading to God banishing Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.