Coiled snake appears in painting of Queen Elizabeth I
Published on March 5th, 2010 | by Admin4
The serpent was depicted being clasped in the Tudor monarch’s fingers in the original version of the work – but it was painted over at the last minute and replaced with a more decorative bunch of roses.
Deterioration over time has meant the snake has revealed itself once more, with its outline now visible on the surface.
A serpent was sometimes used to reflect wisdom, prudence and reasoned judgment, but the scaly creatures are also linked to notions of Satan and original sin.
The gallery suggested the snake’s removal may have been due to the ambiguity of the emblem.