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Jacques de l'Ange (Flemish, active in Antwerp, 1631–1642)
Gluttony, ca. 1642
Oil on canvas
49 1/4 × 40 1/4 in. (125.1 × 102.24 cm)
Gift of Frank A. Murn M2006.45
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
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Gluttony, defined as excessive indulgence in food and drink, is one of the seven deadly sins against which all good Christians must defend themselves. In this painting, a young man with disheveled clothing overindulges in drink, holding not one but two cups, one in each hand. The moral overtone of the image is clear, because the figure holding the lighted torch is a horned devil. The highlights and shadows created by the flickering flame add to the drama and power of the subject matter.

Publication History
Sawinski, Catherine. From the Collection--Jacques de l’Ange’s Gluttony. Entry posted February 20, 2012. (accessed February 25, 2015).

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