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Landscape with the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

Landscape with the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

Joachim Patinir (in circa 1520)

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  • Steven asked

    Is there any more info or sources about Landscape with the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by Joachim Patinir? Thanks.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Steven,
    I'm not aware of any literature about this work. But I can give you some more information about the story. Abraham's cousin, Loth, was from Chaldese Ur and settled in Sodom. By Abraham's intercession he, his wife, and his two daughters were saved from the judgment of God against the immoral cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. While fleeing, Loth's wife violated the prohibition to see the destruction of the city by the heavenly fire and was turned into a pillar of salt. Loth retired to a cave with his daughters. The two girls, fearful of being childless abroad, got their father drunk and seduced him. Both conceived and gave birth to the two progenitors of Israel who were hostile nations, Moab and Ben-Ammi, the Moabites and the Ammonites respectively. (Genesis 18 and 19)
    I hope this answers your question! Kind regards, Sofie


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The sky turns red in this apocalyptic destruction of the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, punished by God. Only Lot and his daughters survive the inferno; they are led away by two angels. At the centre of the painting stands Lot's wife, transformed into a pillar of salt. In the upper right is the tent in which Lot and his daughters will stay.

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Title Landscape with the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 30 cm
Height Error: 22,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Artists Painter: Joachim Patinir
Accession number 2312 (OK)
Credits Loan Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (former Koenigs collection), 1948
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1948
Creation date in circa 1520
Internal exhibitions Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
BABEL - Oude meesters terug uit Japan / Old Masters Back from Japan (2018)
External exhibitions Van Eyck tot Dürer (2010)
Lucas van Leyden en de Renaissance (2011)
La La La Human Steps: A Selection from the Collection of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (2012)
Les fables du paysage flamand au XVI siècle, du fantastique au merveilleux (2012)
Dürer (2013)
Paradise on Earth. Flemish Landscape Paintings from Bruegel to Rubens (2016)
Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen – Bruegel’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ and Great 16th Century Masters (2017)
Dürer's Journey. Travels of a Renaissance Artist. (2021)
Boijmans bij de Buren - REMIX ROTTERDAM, Boijmans X Wereldmuseum (2020)
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen @ Rijksmuseum (2023)
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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