Lot and His Daughters


School of Fontainebleau ( French, 1500 - 1600 )

About 1550
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General Description

Following its emergence in Italy in the early 16th century, the Mannerist style travelled to France through a group of Italian artists employed by King Francis I (1494-1547) to decorate his palace at Fontainebleau. The disturbing biblical story of Lot and his two daughters, who, in an effort to preserve the family’s blood line after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, get their father drunk to trick him into impregnating them, was particularly suited to these artists’ quest for erotic subjects allowing them to depict sensuously elongated poses. In his drunken stupor, Lot gazes into his daughter’s eyes, their two faces in profile fusing into one another, while the two sisters gaze intently at the cup of wine, the source of their deceit.

Excerpt from

Julien Domercq, Label text (1971.43), 2020