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Here’s what the 7 deadly sins look like in the modern world

SEVEN DEADLY SINS
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Three artists provide a contemporary way to examine our consciences.

In the 6th century, a list of the seven deadly sins was officially outlined by Pope Gregory the Great, who reduced the original list of eight written by a respected monk named Evagrius the Solitary. The list was changed only slightly again in the 17th century, with the final list, which we still refer to today, composed of lust, avarice, gluttony, sloth, anger, greed, and pride.

Though some might consider this an old and outdated way of understanding the faults of humanity, some modern artists chose to use their imaginations to make the deadly sins more recognizable to our modern “plugged-in” world. More than drawings, their incarnations of these ancient sins can provide an insightful examination of conscience for how we engage with modern technology.

Here are the works of three artists who visualized the seven deadly sins in a contemporary way:

“7 Sins in the Digital World” by Ari Paul

You can see more here.

2. Shawn Coss

You can see more of Shawn Coss’ series here.

Shawn Coss is also known for his renderings that depict various mental illnesses, which you can see here.

3. “My Minimalistic Representation of the Se7en Deadly Sins” by Abha Patil

You can see more here.

 

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