Category Archives: Pre-Raphaelite

Great Paintings–Lady Godiva by John Collier

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Another beautiful work of art from John Collier that satisfies my pervy needs (see Lilith). Godiva (Old English: Godgifu, “god gift”), often referred to as Lady Godiva, was an 11th-century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman, Lady Godiva was the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. According to legend, she rode naked through the streets of Coventry in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants. The name “Peeping Tom” for a voyeur originates from later versions of this legend in which a man named Tom had watched her ride and was struck blind or dead.

Great paintings – Lilith by John Collier

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Painted in 1887, and now in the Atkinson Art Gallery in Southport. In Jewish folklore, from the 8th–10th centuries Alphabet of Ben Sira onwards, Lilith becomes Adam’s first wife, who was created at the same time and from the same earth as Adam. This contrasts with Eve, who was created from one of Adam’s ribs.

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