The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Idolatry of Solomon

Object Details

Title:

The Idolatry of Solomon

Artist/Maker:

Monogrammist AS (German, active 1530)

Culture:

German

Place:

Germany (Place Created)

Date:

about 1530

Medium:

Pen and dark brown ink

Object Number:

89.GA.10

Dimensions:

21.3 × 32.5 cm (8 3/8 × 12 13/16 in.)

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Object Description

Wearing a crown and the Order of the Golden Fleece around his neck, Solomon kneels to worship a statue on the pedestal. Toward the end of his life, the king became increasingly obsessed with pagan cults, which contributed to the decline and finally to the division of his kingdom. In the 1500s, artists from Protestant countries used the subject of Solomon's idolatry to warn against the use of imagery in the Roman Catholic Church. The rich costumes, the lavish floor covering and carved pedestal, and the rare pet monkey in the corner all show that this room belongs to a noble individual. The large paintings hanging on the back wall show battle scenes, with soldiers proceeding along the roads in the distance. The flamboyant robes and feathered hats resemble those worn by courtiers from southern Germany in the early 1500s, which suggests that the artist came from this region.

Provenance
Provenance
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July 12, 1887
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Henry Wagner (London)

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O. Wagner (London), by descent

January 13, 1988
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Art Market [Boston]

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
16th Century Northern European Drawings (February 18 to May 2, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), February 18 to May 2, 1992
Drapery and Costume in European Drawings of the 15th through the 18th Century (March 28 to June 11, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), March 28 to June 11, 1995
German and Swiss Drawings from the Permanent Collection (June 6 to August 20, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 6 to August 20, 2000
Renaissance Drawings from Germany and Switzerland, 1470-1600 (March 27 to June 17, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 27 to June 17, 2012
The Art of the Fold: Drawings of Drapery and Costume (October 6, 2015 to January 10, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 6, 2015 to January 10, 2016
All that Glitters: Life at the Renaissance Court (August 28 to December 2, 2018)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 28 to December 2, 2018