ObeliskDante Gabriel Rossetti

Lady Lilith

Lady Lilith, 1873, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Lady Lilith, zoomed in
96.5 cm85.1 cm

Lady Lilith is a Pre Raphaelite Oil on Canvas Painting created by Dante Gabriel Rossetti from 1866 to 1873. It lives at the Delaware Art Museum in the United States. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Women, Lilith and Beauty. Download

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Lady Lilith’s frame is adorned with one of Rossetti’s sonnets:

Of Adam’s first wife, Lilith, it is told
(The witch he loved before the gift of Eve,)
That, ere the snake’s, her sweet tongue could deceive,
And her enchanted hair was the first gold.
And still she sits, young while the earth is old,
And, subtly of herself contemplative,
Draws men to watch the bright web she can weave,
Till heart and body and life are in its hold.
The rose and poppy are her flowers; for where
Is he not found, O Lilith, whom shed scent10
And soft-shed kisses and soft sleep shall snare?
Lo! as that youth’s eyes burned at thine, so went
Thy spell through him, and left his straight neck bent
And round his heart one strangling golden hair.

Reed Enger, "Lady Lilith," in Obelisk Art History, Published March 20, 2015; last modified May 05, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/dante-gabriel-rossetti/lady-lilith/.

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