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Title :

Lust in Hogarth's Sleeping congregation, or, How to waste time in post-Puritan England

Author :
KRYSMANSKI, Bernd ;
Publication year :
1998
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
The intention of this essay is to explore the complex literary and pictorial background to William Hogarth's engraving Sleeping Congregation (1736) in order to deepen our understanding of its satirical point. The print ironically castigates three faults of the Anglican Church of the time: boring sermons (which put everyone to sleep), lewd feelings in places of worship, and the sorry state of church art. The essay suggests, however, that the overriding theme of the engraving is Hogarth's post-Puritan view of the old vice of Acedia, or indolence. The print, in Hogarth's typical irony, updates a long pictorial tradition of sleep in church during a sermon; sleep, the characteristic mark of indolence connected with lustful thoughts, a vice with which a hard-working member of the rising middle class like Hogarth would have had little patience. ;
Pagination/Size :
6 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Estampe ; Grande-Bretagne ; Gravure ; Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 ; Homélie ; Iconographie ; Luxure ; Paresse ; Prédicateurs ; Satire ; Sommeil ; 1700-1800 ;
Descriptors :
Engraving ; Great Britain ; Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 ; Homilies ; Iconography ; Lust ; Preachers ; Prints ; Satire ; Sleep ; Sloth ; 1700-1800 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Art history, 1998, 21, 3, Sept
INIST identifier :
24994447 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0141-6790 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Routledge & Kegan, Henley-on-Thames
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;