Vida del hombre, obrando bien y obrando mal

Life of man, performing good actions and bad
Barcelona: Sucesor de Antonio Bosch, [1850–85]

This aleluya from a well-known printer emphasizes in its title the idea that a person might commit wrong or bad actions, rather than the idea that some people are actually born to be bad. Being ‘good’ is equated with compliance with familial and civic duty, whether through choice or natural inclination. The images seem to be from an earlier date than the captions, and the style of clothing suggests the eighteenth or very early nineteenth century – high waist-lines for women, breeches for men.


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