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Credulity Superstition and Fanaticism Vintage Art Print - Religious Art - Bible Verse Art - Old Maps and Prints - Curiosities and Oddities - $44
Behold "Credulity, Superstition and Fanaticism" by English satirist William Hogarth, who uses ridicules secular and religious credulity, and lampoons the exaggerated religious "enthusiasm" of fundamentalist religion.
The print depicts a preacher speaking to a church congregation from the top of a high pulpit. His text is opened at a page which reads "I speak as a fool", and he is wearing a Harlequin jacket under his clerical gown. He is holding a puppet of a devil with a gridiron in his left hand and a puppet of a witch suckling an incubus in his right hand. To the right, the "scale of vociferation" measures his oratory, rising from "natural tone" to "bull roar".
Below, another clergyman pushes an icon of the Cock Lane Ghost down the shirt of a young lady in the throes of religious ecstasy. Hogarth continues the poignant comparison between religious and sexual excitement to the right of this couple with a religious thermometer containing various emotional states such as, agony, lust, madness and suicide. Members of the congregation are in various states of ecstasy, grief and horror.
The print includes visual references to more than a dozen reputed instances of witchcraft or possession in England. A shoe-black vomits nails and pins – possible a reference to the boy of Bilson, who ate metal items. Next to him a woman lies on the floor with rabbits running from under her skirt - this must be Mary Toft, who in 1726 became the subject of considerable controversy when she tricked doctors into believing that she had given birth to rabbits.
Above the congregation is suspended a "A New and Correct Globe of Hell by Romaine" (possibly referring to William Romaine), with parts labelled "Molten Lead Lake", "Pitch & Tar Rivers", "Horrid Zone", "The Brimstone Ocean", and "Eternal Damnation Gulf". One man below the globe is terrified when a preacher next to him, possibly John Wesley, points it out to him.
Beneath the engraving Hogarth quotes 1 John 4:1, "Believe not every Spirit, but try the Spirits whether they are of God: because many false Prophets are gone out into the World."
Standing apart from this scene of religious fervor is a bemused, turbaned Turk who looks in through the window, quietly smoking a pipe, no doubt thanking the prophet that he is a Muslim. He represents the "rational, enlightened part of mankind looking down on Christian fanatics with surprise and disgust."
12" x 16"
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◆ Natural high-density pigment colors
◆ Rated lightfast up to 200+ years
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❖ Protective hardboard kraft tubes virtually eliminate shipping damage
◆ Made from 70-100% post-consumer recycled content
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