William Blake. Illustrations for Milton’s Lost in Paradise. Books IV-XII: Satan with Adam and Eve, Raphael with Adam and Eve, Adam and Eve Sleeping, The Fall of the Rebel Angels, The Creation of Eve, The Temptation of Eve, The Prophecy of the Crucifixion, The Expulsion From Paradise (top to bottom). 1808.
Death and the Bishop by Janez Vajkard Valvasor after Hans Holbein ca.1680
Wojtek Siudmak b 1942,Polish born French Artist
"A three headed monster in an alchemical flask, representing the composition of the alchemical philosopher’s stone: Salt, Sulphur, and Mercury." Watercolor painting from Salomon Trismosin’s ‘Splendor solis’.
Time, Death and Judgement, George Frederic Watts
British Library, Add MS 47682, detail of f. 11v. Bible (the ‘Holkham Bible Picture Book’) c. 1327-1335
Lamassu: protective deities in the art and mythology of the ancient Middle East. Hybrid creatures, they combine the body of a bull or lion, symbolising strength, the wings of an eagle, symbolising freedom and speed, and the head of a human, symbolising high intelligence. Lamassu are found as colossal statues in the ruins of Babylonian and Assyrian cities where they were gateway guardians to the entrances of royal palaces.
“Lada is the Slavic Goddess of spring, love, and beauty. She was worshipped throughout Russia, Poland, and other areas of Eastern Europe. She is usually depicted as a young woman with long blonde hair. She carries wild roses, and is also known as the ‘Lady of the Flowers’. As Goddess of spring, Lada is associated with love and fertility in both humans and animals. She is said to return from the underworld every year at the Vernal Equinox, bringing the spring with Her.”