Things are not always what they seem. Lamia (1905) by John

Things are not always what they seem. Lamia (1905) by John

5/25/2021, 12:00:45 PM
Things are not always what they seem. Lamia (1905) by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) looks like an intimate moment between a knight and his lover. Lamia was a Greek mythological character, but Waterhouse's inspiration for this painting comes from a poem written by the British John Keats in 1820. It tells the story about a chariot rider who falls in love with a femme fatale. More specifically, Lamia is monstrous half-serpent who preys on young men, and can transform into a beautiful woman. The man in this painting has no clue at this point. The woman seems to look completely normal to him. The only clue that Waterhouse gives us here is the snakeskin wrapped around her dress. It’s not an obvious clue, even when we study the painting, but sometimes the subtle/vague clues make the painting more intriguing. The man will eventually find out her true nature on their wedding night… #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #BritishArt #BritishArtist #BritishPainter #Waterhouse #JohnWilliamWaterhouse #Myth #Mythology #Lamia #FemmaFatale #Love #Knight #Poem #Poetry #JohnKeats

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