April 4, 2018

The double incest of Lot, plied with wine by his daughters

 

LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS  

Jan Massys (1531-1575)

1565
Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

  

 

 

 

 

Subjects from the Old Testament, until this point essentially seen as foreshadowing the New Testament, experienced unprecedented popularity in the 16th century. The European Reformation encouraged direct reading of the Bible. 
This painting shows the double-incest of Lot, intoxicated by his daughters, who seduce him in order to continue the human race after the destruction of Sodom and Gommorrah (see Bible text below). The incestuous act is represented by a lizard, an ‘impure’ animal. The younger daughter carries fruit in her bosom, evocative of desire.

LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS (LOTH ET SES FILLES)
Anonymous, ca. 1525-1530 - Musée du Louvre, Paris
LOT AN HIS DAUGHTERS
Lucas Cranach, 1553 - Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany
LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS (LOTH ET SES FILLES)
Lucas Gassel, 1525-1530 - Private collection
LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS
Albrecht Altdorfer, 1537 - Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria
LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS
Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1613-1614 - Private collection (?)
LOT'S DAUGHTERS LOOKING AT THE BURNING CITY OF SODOM
Orazio Gentileschi, 1622-1623 - Staatliche Museen, Berlin, Germany
LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS (LOTH ET SES FILLES)
Simon Vouet, 1633 - Musée des Beaux-Arts, Strasbourg, France
LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS
Artemisia Gentileschi, ca. 1635-1638 - Toledo Mus., OH, United States
LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS
Francesco Furini, 1630-1640 - Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS (LOTH ET SES FILLES) - Louvre version
Guercino, 1651 - Musée du Louvre, Paris
LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS
Adriaen van der Weref, 1711 - The Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia
DRUNK LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS (LOTH DANS L'IVRESSE AVEC SES FILLES) Jean-Francois de Troy, 1745 - Museo de Arte, Ponce, Porto Rico
LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS (LOTH ET SES FILLES)
Paul Cezanne, ca. 1865 - Private collection
LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS (LOT UND SEINE TÖCHTER)
Otto Dix, 1939 -Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Germany
LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS (LOTH ET SES FILLES)
Chagall, 1931 - Message Biblique Marc Chagall, Nice, France

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Wine clears the way to transgression: there are no limits 

LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS FLEE FROM SODOM

Paolo Veronese, GM (1528-1588)

ca. 1580-1585

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

The story of Lot, nephew of Abraham, is linked to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. An angel advises Lot and his family to flee the city without looking back. Lot’s wife disobeys and is turned into a pillar of salt. Lot and his two daughters seek shelter in a mountain cave.  

'And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.' (Genesis 19:31-36).

 

In this way, Lot’s daughters continue the family line.

 

 

GALLERIES THE BLOOD OF THE GRAPES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

The Grapes of Canaan
The Murder of Amnon
The Drunkenness of Noah
Lot and His Daughters
Belshazzar's Feast
The Song of Songs
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