Is the work called The Rake’s Progress a painting or an opera?

Actually, both art and music lay claim to the rake’s progress.

The English artist William Hogarth began a series of eight satirical paintings entitled The Rake’s Progress in 1732.

Hogarth engraved the series three years later. In the twentieth century, Igor Stravinsky wrote a three-act opera called The Rake’s Progress, his last neoclassical work.

Based on the Hogarth series, with a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kaltman, the opera was first performed on September 11, 1951, in Venice.

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