Sunday, February 14, 2010
In Botticelli's Garden of Delight illustrates many aspects that Hogarth illustrated. Such as the grotesque, it is the most prominent element in this piece. Botticelli takes the allegory of the seven deadly sins and illustrates them. I believe the most grotesque part of the triptych is the far right in hell. It is similar to Hogarth's Harlot's Progress in that it is extremely gruesome and sexually disgusting. This panel describes what happens to those who go to hell for their deadly sin and the price they pay for that sin. For example the glutenous eats what they excrete and so on with the other sins. Unfortunately this image is not the best but the right panel has the same commentary that Hogarth tried to convey in his work. It is a criticism on humanity and displayed the type of punishment people will face for their actions. Although I believe that Hogarth was issuing more personal grievances in his work, due to the fact that his work could be copied and sold without his permission and he would not see any of the profit made. So these works both illustrate the stupidity of humanity and the social injustices and punishments people will experience.