The Sin

DA MAN - - Art -

If there was one stand­out from the Ser­pen­tiForm ex­hi­bi­tion, then a strong can­di­date would be “The Sin” by Ger­man artist Franz Stuck. The paint­ing, which is un­doubt­edly one of the smartest ap­pli­ca­tions of the snake in a paint­ing, de­picts Eve with a ser­pent draped around her. We can also see how her face is painted in a somber light, while the sur­round­ings are dark and her body bright.

What makes “The Sin” so bril­liant is that the paint­ing is very con­scious of its view­ers. At first glance, view­ers are im­me­di­ately drawn to her face and the hiss­ing snake. With the knowl­edge that the woman is Eve as well as the orig­i­nal story where the ser­pent tempts Eve, it is easy to as­sume that the snake in the paint­ing is, once again, painted as the an­tag­o­nist.

In­ter­est­ingly it is ac­tu­ally not the snake that em­bod­ies

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