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Eve, Serpent and Death by Baldung Grien

Eve, Serpent and Death



Eve makes a fatal pact with the devil, represented by the serpent, and death. For she brought death to human kind, according to the interpretation of many Church Fathers and later theologians.


Ever woman is an expression of Eve. Her seductive beauty leads to sin and death.



Oil on wood, 1512, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

Painting by German artist Hans Baldung Grien from Gmünd in Schwabia (ca 1484 - 1545).


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Visit also our websites:Women Deacons, The Body is Sacred and Mystery and Beyond.

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