14th Century Italian Gluttony Looks Like Fun

From a book by the Cocharelli family of Genoa, Italy, c.1330-1340.  It was probably meant to teach the family’s children about the seven deadly sins.  This wonderful illumination’s sin? Gluttony.  Here’s the caption from the British Library:

“Miniature of a scene in a tavern illustrating Gluttony with men drinking, and below a cellarer passing up a drink.”

I don’t know about you, but this actually looks kind of fun.  It’s not really convincing me to avoid this.  Here’s another image from the same manuscript that depicts gluttony looking equally as fun: Gluttony, take two

Source for photo: [MS Additional 27695 f.14]; Source for info on manuscript: [British Library Catalogue for Additional 27695]

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6 Responses to 14th Century Italian Gluttony Looks Like Fun

  1. tkmorin says:

    Yes, it does look like fun! Is that a nun in the top centre? Huh! Thanks again for the great post!! 🙂

  2. Gypsy Bev says:

    What an ornate tavern! Wonder if the drinkers even noticed the beauty around them?

  3. Even less successful in dissuading their children from sin was the family’s treasured and perhaps too realistic illumination of, yep, you guessed it: lust.


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