Sine Nob'litate "Skull and bird", 2021

by Adolfo Arenas Alonso

Print : engraving

76 x 110 cm 29.9 x 43.3 inch


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Print: engraving

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76 x 110 cm 29.9 x 43.3 inch Height x Width x Depth


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Artwork location: France

Sine Nob'litate "Skull and bird
Original drawing done in pencil Print 1/1 giclee technique on Arches paper (76 x 110)
SINE NOB' LITATE (The dinner)

The painting is called "SINE NOB'LITATE", which means "without nobility".

In England around 1820 the term "snob" appeared at Oxford and Cambridge universities. The term "snob", as opposed to "nobs", was used to differentiate aristocratic students from the children of the bourgeoisie who, with the industrial revolution, entered the university, which until then had been reserved for the aristocracy alone. These students, who are not from "good families", announce this form of decadence.

The painting tells the story of the deadly sins when there were eight of them. Sadness was the last one, hence the representation of eight characters in absolute decline. Pope Gregory the Great (920) reduced them to seven by regrouping laziness and sadness.

The seven deadly sins: pride, gluttony, lust, greed, anger, envy and sloth, are symbolically hidden. This painting serves to tell a story through hidden symbolism as in Flemish art.

THE POTENTIAL: Velasquez's "Las Meninas", nothing seems more arrogant than this painting.

LUXURY: "The Three Graces" by Rubens

THE GOURMANDISE: The turkey on the table

ANGER: The book of Moby Dick in the lower left corner, next to the bust of Goya, in which Captain Ahab manages to make his crew fall into hatred and a terrible end, obsessed with the idea of killing Moby Dick, the white whale.

THE ENVY: The manuscript Othello is located under the bust of Goya. This book is placed behind the greatest of all books, Hamlet. The lies make Othello imagine the infidelity of his wife, Desdemona. Lago, inhabited by envy, does not believe Othello worthy of Desdemona's rank and love and seeks to humiliate him.

AVIDITY: Don Juan Tenorio masterpiece of Spanish literature but the book is placed under the poems of Lord Byron. Don Juan whose greed towards Doña Inés will lead him to murder.

In the lower right corner there is a table with two angels and other books; thus, under the light of the lamp is placed the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, which also features the seven new capital sins dictated by Gregory the Great. The end of the eighth sin - sadness - having been associated with laziness is symbolized by this broken mirror above the fireplace.
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Adolfo Arenas Alonso, Sine Nob'litate

Adolfo Arenas Alonso

Spain  • 1972


Adolfo Arenas Alonso was born in 1972.

Trained at the School of Arts and Crafts in Seville, he became an illustrator specializing in graphic design. His art of decadence, with a wild structure, is tinged with a dark lust.

An incredible story that I will tell you when you come to see him at the gallery...

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