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  • Serafima Shawe

    Lamia and the Soldier - John William Waterhouse. Another physical and emotional protection painting, where it looks like the female figure is seducing the knight by caressing his arm and looking up at him longingly in plea. If this wasn't a mythological story, I would've said they were lovers and that she was pleading him to not go to battle. However, Lamia was said to be a child-eating demon, much like a mermaid, cunningly tempting men to their deaths.

  • Mire Salemcort

    John Waterhouse. Lamia, 1905. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. It was inspired by John Keats’s celebrated poem of 1820. The intensity of the young knight’s gaze draws the viewer into Waterhouse’s painting, Lamia kneels below him, one hand on his and the other resting on his armplate, the only visual clue to her nature captured in the glimmering moulted snake-skin draped about her, its peacock tinges drawn from Keat’s description.

  • Serena Caspani

    Lamia. Preraphaelite art | john william waterhouse pre raphaelite art painting pretty renaissance.

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