Thursday, July 9, 2015

Lot's daughters seduce him in Joachim Wtewael's Bible paintings

By Susan Stamberg
Sodom burns in the background as Lot's daughters seduce him in Wtewael's 1597-1600 depiction of a scene from Genesis. National Gallery of Art
WASHINGTON, DC---The Dutch have given the world an array of master painters — Van Gogh, Vermeer, Rembrandt. But the brilliant and risque work of a lesser-known Dutchman is currently on display at the National Gallery of Art. Joachim Wtewael (pronounced U-te-val) worked in Utrecht in the late 1500s and early 1600s. He loved painting stories from the Bible and mythology — impressively buff Roman gods and goddesses in — at times — downright salacious comportment. In the late 1500s, inspired by a story from Genesis, Wtewael painted "Lot and His Daughters." They've just fled Sodom. And then a Lot of things got out of hand; Wtewael paints him blotto, surrounded by his voluptuous, naked daughters. [link]