The Sin (1893) by the German symbolist painter Franz von Stuck (1863-1928).
The snake and the women are here inseparably interwoven, they are only two faces of the same subject. The woman may be Eve, Lilith or the devil herself, she’s a dangerous seductress. After all that’s nothing new. Eve always has been a kind of demon, but at the end of the 19th century it seems that this is all what’s left.
Warten im Harem - Zwei Mädchen im Harem. Ein routiniertes Bild von dem populären Orientmaler Rudolf Ernst (1854-1932) .