After Peter Paul Rubens
The Family of Lot Fleeing Sodom
Oil on panel
12 3/4 x 21 inches (32.39 x 53.34 cm)
This work is closely related to a painting by Rubens from 1613-15 now in the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. The composition here is in reverse to that of the original, which suggests that it was painted after an engraving of Rubens's composition made by Lucas Vorsterman around 1615.
The story depicted, from Genesis 19:1-28, relates that when God destroyed the city of Sodom for its sins, he saved Lot and his family as a reward for their protection of two angels that he had sent to the city as messengers. Shown here are Lot, his wife, and his two daughters, passing through the gates of Sodom as they are led by the angels to safety.
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