Art in Detail_Bad Girls of the Bible (Paintings)

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The stories of these women are dramatic and fascinating. They make delicious reading for anyone interested in how that most ancient of Books - the Bible - has shaped and formed the history of our world.

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Art in Detail Bad Girls of the Bible (Paintings)

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Salome Consulting her mother, true bad girl of the Bible, Salome, shocked Herod and his guests by asking for the most stomach-turning gift imaginable - the head of John the Baptist on a platter ...

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CRANACH, Lucas the Elder Salome c. 1530 Oil on poplar panel, 87 x 58 cm Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest

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Herodias An ambitious and ruthless woman, she hated John the Baptist for thundering against her marriage to Herod Antipas, whom she had married after divorcing his half-brother Philip ... Unable to persuade her husband to murder John, Herodias convinced Salome to request the Prophet to be beheaded.

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ANSALDO, Giovanni Andrea Herodias presented with the Head of the Baptist by Salom 1630 Oil on canvas 1275 x 1390 cm Musei di Strada Nuova, Genova

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Delilah The wicked girlfriend of a legendary but foolish strongman named Samson, she made a bargain with his enemies, who promised her cold, hard cash for the secret of his superhuman strength.

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RUBENS, Peter Paul Samson and Delilah c. 1609 Oil on wood, 185 x 205 cm National Gallery, London

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Eve The original baddie, she made the fatal-for-everyone mistake of listening to the serpent’s lie that God wasn’t telling the truth about the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. After taking a bite, she offered it to Adam and the two were ejected from paradise.

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MICHELANGELO Buonarroti The Fall and Expulsion from Garden of Eden 1509-10 Fresco, 280 x 570 cm Cappella Sistina, Vatican

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Potiphar’s Wife A high-ranking Egyptian woman who fell for a good-looking Hebrew slave by the name of Joseph. Enraged by his refusal to jump into bed with her, she accused him of attempted rape and had him thrown into prison.

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RENI, Guido Joseph and Potiphar's Wife 1630 Oil on canvas, 170 x 128.9 cm The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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Lot’s Wife Lot’s wife was probably guilty of more than a fateful glance backward. Fleeing the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot's daughters believe that their father is the last surviving male. To secure the future of the human race, therefore, they get him drunk and seduce him.

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DÜRER, Albrecht Lot and His Daughters c. 1498 Oil and tempera on panel, 52 x 41 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Lot's daughters This rather unsavoury story was very popular with Baroque artists - it offered a saucy seduction scene with an impeccable Biblical pedigree.

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GOLTZIUS, Hendrick Lot and his Daughters 1616 Oil on canvas, 140 x 204 cm Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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Bathsheba She has never heard of a woman bathing outside in a courtyard, but why not? Unable to sleep, David paces the rooftop garden of his palace in Jerusalem ... Suddenly Bathsheba looks up. Is it only his imagination or is she looking at him the way he has been looking at her?

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BOURDICHON, Jean Bathsheba Bathing 1498 - 1499 Tempera and gold on parchment, 17 x 24.3 cm The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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Bathsheba Was she, as some think, a wicked woman bent on becoming queen? Or was she raped, then widowed, then rendered childless because of David's egregious sins? Only one person knows for sure. As Scripture says, "I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve." (Jeremiah 17:10 NIV)

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