Lilith by John Collier. Lilith was said to be the wife that Adam had before Eve; she is a figure of terror, feared as a demon or vampire, and a night monster. She is also known as Lamia; Keats describes her as a serpent which assumed the shape of a beautiful woman 'palpitating snake ... of dazzling hue, vermillion spotted, golden, green and blue', and it is this image which seems to have captured Collier's imagination. The subject also attracted John William Waterhouse and the Symbolists.
Lilith | John Collier 1887 In folklore Lilith was the first wife of Adam made of Earth as Adam. When she refused to be submissive she was banished from The Garden of Eden and Adam was given Eve. Eve was made from his rib to ensure her obedience to Adam.
Adam and Eve by Michelangelo, 1512. Today, March 6, is the birthday of Michelangelo. He was considered the greatest living artist in his lifetime, and ever since has been held to be one of the greatest artists of all time