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The Flight of Lot and his Family from Sodom

The Flight of Lot and his Family from Sodom

Artist: Peter Paul Rubens and Workshop (Flemish, 1577 - 1640)

Date: c. 1613-1615
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image: 86 3/4 x 96 in. (220.3 x 243.8 cm)
Frame: 98 1/2 x 108 5/8 x 3 in. (250.2 x 275.9 x 7.6 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of John Ringling, 1936
Object number: SN218
On View: Art Museum Gallery 11
About this ObjectIn this Old Testament scene, Lot and his family are led by angelic messengers away from their home in the sinful city of Sodom before it is destroyed by God. Rubens's mastery of gesture, facial expression, and emotion bring this moment of transition and uncertainty to life. His vibrant draperies and brilliant effects of light heighten the drama, offering a counterpoint of elegance and beauty to the sorrow and adversity Lot's family faces.
Jacques de Wit; purchased by the City of Antwerp( for 2,000 florins); presented to John, First Duke of Marlborough in1706; Blenheim Palace until 1886, sold for £1,850; Charles Butler, London until 1911; James Ross, Montreal, Canada; sale Christie's, London, July 8, 1927 (no . 23, repr., £2,205); purchased by Richter for John Ringling; bequest to The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 1936
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