Lot and his Daughters leaving Sodom

The subject is taken from the Old Testament (Genesis 19: 30). Lot and his daughters are shown fleeing the sinful city of Sodom after being warned of its destruction by God. Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt for disobeying instructions not to look back at the city. The daughters later seduced their father in order to ensure the survival of his line.

Since the mid-17th century, this painting has been regarded as a companion piece to Susannah and the Elders. Though similar in format and both illustrating moralising tales, the two were painted a few years apart, and were not originally intended as a pair.

Key facts

Artist dates
1575 - 1642
Full title
Lot and his Daughters leaving Sodom
Date made
about 1615-16
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
111.2 x 149.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1844
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Two Biblical Scenes from Palazzo Lancellotti