Well, as we all know, I love all different kinds of art. I also love vampires, so here I have combined the two to create a unique list for my art community. I hope it stirs the imagination and perhaps a bit of blood too. This list is dedicated to my friends Trashcanman and Esmeraude.
This is perhaps the most classical image of Lilith, however, it should be understood that while this was originally identified as Lilith based on the iconography of the owls and lions, it is quite likely a depiction of the goddess Ishtar or possibly Ereshkigal. The Burney Relief, also known as The Queen of the Night, is a Babylonian relief believed to date back to around 1800 B.C.E. and it is currently on display in the British Museum in London.
This image, also known as "The Temptation of Adam and Eve", featured in the Sistine Chapel, depicts Lilith as being the serpent that convinces them to eat of the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Note that during the Renaissance period, it was Eve and not Lilith who was portrayed as the most beautiful one. This is because at the time, Lilith was considered a predatory demoness and nothing more, whereas Eve was considered to be the feminine ideal. In the current feminist belief, it is the exact opposite. Eve is now seen as being weak and is blamed for the original sin and it is Lilith who is celebrated for her independence.
In Dante Gabriel Rossetti's 1863 painting "Lady Lilith" we are given a Pre-Raphaelite image of Lilith which shows her as beautiful and vain. One could interpret this as the artist's way of saying that the feminist depiction of Lilith is self-centered and narcissistic, which is not a very popular way of thinking about Lilith or feminism today.
John Collier's 1887 painting "Lilith" is a classic example of the Pre-Raphaelite style and portrays Lilith as an iconic feminist figure of beauty, seduction, and power. This is something of a contrast to Dante Gabriel Rossetti's version. The snake in this image reveals that Collier did not see Lilith as being the serpent that tempted Adam and Eve, but shows her cavorting with it.
Albin Grau's glorious conceptual and promotional artwork for the 1922 German horror film remains among my favorites. Rarely were the Gothic and Expressionist styles ever combined to produce such atmospheric images.
Another work by Hildebrandt, this piece however shows the horrific aftermath of Dracula's attack on poor Lucy, when her husband must destroy her heart in order to save her soul from the fate of vampirism.