Leonella and her niece, Antonia, visit a church to hear the sermon of acelebrated priest, Ambrosio, and while waiting tell their story to two young men, Don Lorenzo and Don Christoval. Antonia's... More > Grandfather is the Marquis de las Cisternas, who was unhappy with his son’s marriage, causeing her parents to flee, leaving their young son behind only to be told a month later he has died. Leonella has come to Spain to convince the Marquis’ son, Raymond de las Cisternas, to resume their pension, which has been cut off. As the story is told, Lorenzo falls in love with Antonia. The mysterious priest, who was left at the abbey as a child, delivers the sermon, and Antonia is fascinated with him.< Less
The Monk: A Romance is a Gothic novel by Matthew Gregory Lewis, published in 1796. A quickly written book from early in Lewis's career (it was written in ten weeks, before he turned 20), its... More > convoluted and scandalous plot has made it one of the most important Matthew Gregory Lewis of its time, often imitated and adapted for the stage and the screen.
The Monk is one of the more lurid and "transgressive" of Gothic novels. It is also the first book to feature a priest as the villain. In this respect it would serve as a model for such future works of literature as The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
This novel was considered by the Marquis de Sade as a reaction to the 1789 French Revolution, with Lewis using the Gothic to express concerns circulating around England in the Romantic Period. Concerns such as social stability and the mis-use of power are some of the issues explored.< Less
Savaged by critics for its supposed profanity and obscenity, and bought in large numbers by readers eager to see whether it lived up to its lurid reputation, The Monk became a succès de... More > scandale when it was published in 1796 – not least because its author was a member of parliament and only twenty years old. It recounts the diabolical decline of Ambrosio, a Capuchin superior, who succumbs first to temptations offered by a young girl who has entered his monastery disguised as a boy, and continues his descent with increasingly depraved acts of sorcery, murder, incest and torture. Combining sensationalism with acute psychological insight, this masterpiece of Gothic fiction is a powerful exploration of how violent and erotic impulses can break through the barriers of social and moral restraint.< Less
An artist without inspiration goes out to forget about his frustrations, but he finds that the life outside his studio is neither his life nor real. Various artistic techniques were used to finish... More > this comic: watercolors, markers, pencils, digital and more.< Less
Homage to Jonathan Monk, taking his Artist’s book “Cover Version” which features a selection of seminal publications from his extensive collection of books as a departure point to... More > re- contextualize my own collection of artists’ books while referencing his ‘This painting should ideally be hung…’ series.< Less