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Serpent Symbolism in Western Painting
When language was not transcendental enough to complete the meaning of a revelation, symbols were relied upon for heavenly teaching, and familiar images, chosen from the known, were made to mirror the unknown spiritual truth. - William H. Hunt
The Bible does not narrate kindly about the snake. The "serpent," symbolizes Satan.
snake - symbolizes Satan; the presence of evil, fall of man
snake in a fruit tree - signifies the mans fall from grace as well as Satan's meddling in the affairs of men.
snake cleaved in two pieces - implies destruction of heathen evil.
snake brazenly slithering across the middle of a thoroughfare or road - symbolizing the False Prophet leading the way to hell.
devious serpent peeking out of a basket, urn or pot - a spiritual reminder of Satan's presence in unusual places.
snake coiled around a skull - is a symbol for death, both of the body and the spirit.
serpent and shamrock, symbol and emblem St. Patrick. The Patron saint of Ireland. Died about 465 A.D.
snake peering out of a shoe or boot or in close proximity of footwear symbolizes that the wearer is in league with the devil or has a venereal disease
chalice with a serpent is one of many symbols and emblems of John the Evangelist
silver shield with serpent intertwined around a bloodied sword - symbolizing the False Prophet.
Snakes in the Bible
the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord
God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall
not eat of every tree of the Garden?
And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of they life.
The Meaning of Sacred Symbols in Paintings. Most prominently featured symbols and their meaning:
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