38 Works, RELIGIOUS ART – Artists’ interpretation of Lot and His Daughters over the decades, with Footnotes – #136

Jan Wellens de Cock (ca. 1470–1521)
Lot and his daughters, c. 1523

Oil on oak wood
Height: 36.2 cm (14.2 in); Width: 48.9 cm (19.2 in)
Detroit Institute of Arts

Jan Wellens de Cock (c. 1480–1527) was a Flemish painter and draftsman of the Northern Renaissance.

He was probably born in Leiden in Holland but settled in Antwerp. In 1506 Jan is recorded in the archives of the Guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp as having accepted an apprentice called ‘Loduwyck’. It is unclear in which year Jan became a master. In 1507 de Cock was paid for painting angels and restoring the Holy Ghost at the altar of this guild in Antwerp Cathedral. These works were probably lost in the “beeldenstorm” of 1566. In 1511 the guild paid de Cock for cutting a woodblock for a print to use in the guild’s procession. This is the only indication that de Cock, to whom several prints have been attributed, was indeed active as a block cutter.

In 1520 he was dean of the guild of Saint Luke. Jan’s artistic activity has been the subject of considerable controversy, and there is not a single work that can be attributed to him with certainty. The works attributed to Jan generally belong to the so-called school of Antwerp Mannerism and/or show the influence of Hieronymus Bosch. More on Jan Wellens de Cock

Lot’s sexual relationship with his daughters was a theme seldom explored in medieval art. In the sixteenth century, however, the story became popular with European artists, primarily due to its erotic potential. Depictions of Lot and his daughters in this era were generally charged with sexuality; the daughters would often be painted as nudes, and Lot would be portrayed (in contradiction to the Bible narrative) as “either a happily compliant figure or an aggressive seducer”…

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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