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Full title Lot's Daughters make their Father drink Wine
Artist Workshop of the Master of the Altarpiece of Saint John the Baptist
Artist dates active early 16th century
Date made about or after 1520
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 32.7 × 23 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1919
Inventory number NG3459
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Lot's Daughters make their Father drink Wine
Workshop of the Master of the Altarpiece of Saint John the Baptist

Lot, the nephew of Abraham, lived in Sodom until God destroyed the sinful city: ‘the Lord rained upon Sodom... brimstone and fire from ... out of heaven’ (Genesis 19: 24). Forewarned of this, Lot and his daughters fled to a cave in the mountains; his wife was turned to a pillar of salt for looking back at her old home.

Wanting to preserve the male line of their family, Lot’s daughters decided to get their father drunk in order to sleep with him. Here the two richly dressed daughters give Lot bowls of wine in the foreground. His wife, turned to salt, is visible in the background on the right; on the left, Sodom and Gomorrah are still burning. The sisters‘ ’oriental' or historic dress reflects the fashions of about 1520.

The style of the figures is close to that of the Master of the Altarpiece of Saint John the Baptist. The painting may be attributed to a follower or assistant of the Master.

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