Art History at a Glance
The oil painting Lady Lilith depicts artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti's version of an ancient figure, but with a twist. Here, the figure is in the guise of a Nineteenth century femme fatale. According to the legend, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. She was both beautiful and devious. Rossetti composed a poem about this woman, in which she is characterized as a dazzling seductress with golden hair that could be used to ensnare a man. And the artist certainly emphasized the deadly charms of Lilith's gold tresses in this painting, for she is caught in the act of combing her luxurious locks while gazing contemplatively into a hand mirror. It is also worth mentioning that two of Rossetti's 'stunners' posed for this work of art - both Fanny Cornforth and Alexa Wilding lent their lovely features to Dante Gabriel Rossetti's enchanting representation of Lady Lilith.
David Rodgers has written this informative and engaging book about the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The book, which is part of the Phaidon Colour Library series, features many of Rossetti's most memorable paintings, including his Beata Beatrix and The Blessed Damozel.