Lot and His Daughters

A work made of etching in black on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1625

Artist:

Bernardino Capitelli (Italian, 1589-1639)
after Rutilio Manetti (Italian, 1571-1639)

About this artwork

Bernardino Capitelli’s Lot and His Daughters copies a Caravaggesque painting by his master, Rutillo Manetti. God spared Lot’s family from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, but the good man lost his wife during their escape. After retreating to the mountains, Lot’s daughters inebriated and seduced their father to maintain their family line. Here one incestuous daughter embraces Lot, while the other plies him with wine. The singular light source and bold etching strokes produce strong contrasts, which enhance the scene’s dramatic tone. The unusual octagonal shape of the etching plate closely frames and enhances the print’s intensity and uncomfortable eroticism.

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Artist

Bernardino Capitelli

Title

Lot and His Daughters

Origin

Italy

Date

1620–1630

Medium

Etching in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

193 x 238 mm (image/plate); 200 x 242 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Nicolaas Teeuwisse

Reference Number

2010.412

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