Gluttony

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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 the good Christian must defend himself. This scene illustrates the gluttony of a young artist who holds in each hand a drink the bartender is prepared to replenish once dry. The little known Antwerp painter Jacques de 1'Ange was identified as the artist only recently. In order to underscore the symbolic significance of his picture, the artist has painted himself as the bare shouldered man accompanied by a young horned devil and a drinking companion. While the one tries to encourage temptation with a beer jug, the other is already distracting the young man from his work.

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