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Solomon's Idolatry

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1514

Artist:

Lucas van Leyden
Netherlandish, c. 1494-1533

About this artwork

King Solomon, famed for possessing “the wisdom of God,” kneels at the feet of an idol of Moloch, a pagan god represented as a nude man astride an orb, holding an animal skull. One of Solomon’s 700 wives and 300 concubines points to the statue, instructing Solomon to adore Moloch. By adorning the domineering woman with a feathered hat, Lucas van Leyden emphasized her foreignness and dangerously heretical beliefs. Despite Solomon’s wisdom, his female consort, possibly the Queen of Sheba, turns his heart away from God.

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Artist

Lucas van Leyden

Title

Solomon's Idolatry

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1514

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

170 mm x 130 mm (image); 171 x 135 mm (plate); 182 x 141 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1938.1579

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