Wicked Women-Samantha Gomez

Throughout history women have been blamed for the misfortunes of men and of the world, starting from the stories of Adam and Eve to the witch trials of Salem. This gallery will take a look at women and how they are depicted as evil or working with evil creatures in paintings, drawings, and photography. 

In this painting, Eve is attempting to seduce Adam with the fruit from the forbidden tree that "God" has strictly told them not to eat from. In the background we see the "Devil" represented as the serpent in the tree. The title clearly tells what Goltzius is trying to portray, if it weren't for Eve, we would still be living in the Garden of Eden. With this one simple act of Eve eating a fruit, the downfall of man has started and women have been blamed ever since.
Here we have Satan rejoicing over the body of Eve. The forbidden fruit is under her hand as a serpent seductively wraps around her body, encompassing sexuality into the deceitful act committed by Eve. It also shows Eve in a coma like state, perhaps under the trance of Satan.
The title is Satan, Sin, and Death are depicted in order in the painting. Between Satan and Death, a nude woman is listed as sin. Most of the woman who are subjects of these types of work are often times nude because it is the nude woman that is dangerous. She "temps" good men like Eve tempted Adam. Even in today's society, a woman is often times blamed for her own sexual assault because of what she was or wasn't wearing.
Here we have a circle of witches offering two children to the Devil, portrayed as a ram. Once again, it is women who are depicted working with the most of evil of creatures. This gave way to the thinking that older, childless women were witches and worked with the Devil. Males are often the ones depicted as angels working with God and doing his work.
Although the woman here is not with the Devil, she is cast here with Death itself. In the background there seems to be burning or smoking buildings, likely just visited by the angel of death himself and once again it is a nude women portrayed. Nothing seems to be more shocking than a nude woman, even though she looks as if she doesn't want to be there and is being held against her will by this death angel.
Once again women are shown attempting to seduce a man of God. Women are shown as the ultimate test when it comes to temptation and a man trying to get closer to God. Women are either shown as old and ugly working with Devil or young and beautiful trying to seduce men away from God. We are also shown nude, semi-nude, and clothed women in this paining. No matter what you wear, you are seen as a test to get to sainthood and perfection.
Trying to guard the child from evil, possibly the devil, the angle steps between the boy and evil figures in the bottom of the painting and leads him towards the heavenly light above him. Yet again it is a woman, naked, at the side of the evil creature. Surely the creature could have been depicted without a female accomplice and still portrayed as evil.
Although not a biblical figure, Cleopatra is still used by artist to depict evil, sexual femininity. Often regarded as the Queen of Sex, Cleopatra is shown here partially nude, in bed with two snakes. Since the stories of Adam and Eve, snakes have been shown to represent evil and the Devil. So it is no surprise the artist is using two snakes to show that female sexuality is evil and sex as an evil act.
The Death of Marat is a true event. A woman snuck into the home of Marat and killed him in his bathtub. However, in this picture, a nude women is seen standing next to the lifeless body of Marat on what seems to be his bed. If you didn't know any better, you would think this woman seduced the man and killed him after having sex with him.
In Mexico, there is a yearly celebration of the dead to remember and pay respect to our deceased relatives and ancestors. Here we see a representation of death wearing a white dress, possibly a wedding dress. Deeply engrained is the idea of women and their marriage to death and the afterlife, it is still depicted in modern society. It is often the "devil in a red dress" that seduces men and brings upon their destruction.
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