Sin: The Art of Transgression Catalogue

Sin: The Art of Transgression Catalogue

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The depiction of sin has been fundamental to European visual culture for hundreds of years, especially – but not only – in Christian art. Addressing the mutable and often ambiguous representation of sin, this book highlights its theological underpinnings, cultural afterlife, and contradictory and controversial aspects from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century. Drawing on paintings from the National Gallery and elsewhere, including pictures by Cranach, Velázquez and Hogarth, as well as modern and contemporary works by Andy Warhol, Tracey Emin and Ron Mueck, this story of sin moves freely across countries and centuries. From paintings that explicitly explore theological ideas, such as the story of Adam and Eve and its aftermath, the seven deadly sins and the Immaculate Conception, to moralising or seductive depictions of ‘sinful’ everyday behaviour, it blurs the boundaries between religious and secular art.


Joost Joustra is The Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion at the National Gallery, London..

Product Code 1049747
Author Joost Joustra
Publisher National Gallery Company Ltd
Published April 2020
Format Paperback
Pages 104
Dimensions 23.5 x 16 cm
Colour illustrations 80
ISBN 9781857096651
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