Lot and his Daughters

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Lot and his Daughters


Orazio Gentileschi (Italian, 1563 - 1639)




Italy (Place created)


about 1622


Oil on canvas


151.8 x 189.2 cm (59 3/4 x 74 1/2 in.)

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From the safety of the cave where they have taken refuge, Lot's daughters gaze toward God's annihilation of the city of Sodom, an event taking place outside the painting's borders. Strong light rakes across the three figures, gracefully posed to reflect their pensive emotional states.

Believing that they alone survive to perpetuate the human race, the daughters have plied their father with liquor, as the empty silver flask and golden cup at left make clear. Unbeknownst to Lot, each daughter will mate with him and bear him a son, Moab and Ammon, the founders of tribes often pitted against Israel. This subject was popular in the 1600s not only for its inherent irony but also for the dramatic contrast between the heightened senses of the daughters and the inebriated state of their father. The biblical theme also provided a righteous pretext for alluding to a titillating taboo.

about 1622 - 1661

Giovan Antonio Sauli, 1596 - 1661 (Genoa, Italy), by inheritance to his son, Francesco Maria Sauli, 1661.

1661 - 1699

Francesco Maria Sauli, 1620 - 1699 (Genoa, Italy), by inheritance to Domenico Maria Ignazio Sauli.

Domenico Maria Ignazio Sauli, by inheritance to Domenico Sauli.

Domenico Sauli, by inheritance to Paolino Sauli II.

Paolino Sauli II, by inheritance to Costantino Balbi.

- possibly in 1852

Costantino Balbi, died 1853

early 20th century

Teophilatos Collection (Genoa, Italy)

1920s -

Margaret Pole (Diano Marina (near Genoa), Italy)

- 1986

Jean Milne (England), by inheritance to her niece.

1986 - 1998

Niece of Jean Milne (Hertfordshire, England), sold through Johnny Van Haeften (London, England) to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1998.

Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi: Father, Daughter (October 15, 2001 to September 15, 2002) (Cat. 37)
  • Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Venezia, (Rome), October 15, 2001 to January 20, 2002
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), February 11 to May 12, 2002
  • Saint Louis Art Museum, (Saint Louis), June 15 to September 15, 2002
Orazio Gentileschi in Genoa: Paintings for the Palazzo Sauli (October 1, 2002 to January 12, 2003) (Cat. 37)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 1, 2002 to January 12, 2003
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