The Seven Deadly Sins or the Seven Vices (Pieter Bruegel the Elder)  

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Detail of Superbia (1577) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, science fiction avant-la-lettre (from the collection The Seven Deadly Sins or the Seven Vices)
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Detail of Superbia (1577) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, science fiction avant-la-lettre (from the collection The Seven Deadly Sins or the Seven Vices)

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seven deadly sins

The Seven Deadly Sins or the Seven Vices is a series of prints by Pieter Bruegel the Elder on the theme of the seven deadly sins, or vices, published around 1556-7 by Hieronymus Cock, based on drawings by the artist.

The series includes Greed (Avaritia)[1], Acedia[2] or depression without joy (Disidia), Gluttony (Gula)[3], Envy (Invidia)[4], Wrath (Ira)[5], Pride (Superbia)[6] and Extravagance or Lechery (Luxuria)[7] and a final plate[8] depicting doom.

Luxuria

Inscriptions

  • LVXVRIA
  • brueghel · Inuentor ·
  • H. Cock · excu · cu · priui
  • · PME ·
  • LVXVRIA ENERVAT VIRES, EFFOEMINAT ARTVS.
  • Luxurÿe stinckt sÿ is vol onsuuerheden Sÿ breeckt die Crachten en sÿ swackt die leden

Fuller description of the inscription:

in plate, beneath figure of Lust: LVXVRIA.; in margin below image: LVXVRIA ENERVAT VIRES, EFFOEMINAT ARTVS. [Lust enervates the strength, weakens the limbs]/Luxurÿe stinckt / Sÿ is vol onsuuerheden Sÿ breeckt die Crachten / en Sÿ swackt die leden [Lechery stinks, it is dirty. It breaks (man's) powers and weakens limbs]

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