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

Lot and His Daughters, Jan Massys, 1565 - Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels | Lot and His Daughtersh | Blood of the Grapes, Old Testament, Bible | From Divine to Sacred | Wine and Painting | The Virtual Wine Museum

 

LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS  

Jan Massys (1531-1575)

1565

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, 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 AND HIS DAUGHTERS Lucas Cranach, ca. 1528 - Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien, Austria

LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS (LOTH ET SES FILLES) Lucas Gassel, 1525/30 - Private collection

LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS Albrecht Altdorfer, 1537 - Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

LOT AN HIS DAUGHTERS Lucas Cranach, 1553 - Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS Joachim Wtewael, ca. 1595 Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA, United States

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 Palma the Younger, 1610/20 - Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS (LOTH ET SES FILLES) Simon Vouet, 1633 - Musée des Beaux-Arts, Strasbourg, France

LOT WITH ONE OF HIS DAUGHTERS Aert de Gelder, 17th century - Royal Moseums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels

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 MADE DRUNK BY HIS DAUGHTERS Andrea Vaccaro, 1640/70 - Museu d'art de Girona, Girona, 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

LOTH ET SES FILLES Johannes Jakob Hartmann, early 18th century - Private collection

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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The Burning of Sodom, Corot

LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS FLEE FROM SODOM

Paolo Veronese, ca. 1580/85 - Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

LTHE BURNING OF SODOM (THE DESTRUCTION OF SODOM)

Camille Corot,  1843 and 1857 - Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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