Dec 10, 2019

Solomon's Idolatry

Solomon's Idolatry


Lucas van Leyden

(Dutch, 1494–1533)


L. E. Holden Fund 1960.156

Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein 9



One can assume that the popularity of the earlier Power of Women series (on view nearby) inspired Lucas to produce another similar group. Also consisting of six subjects but somewhat smaller in size, this set reveals Lucas's increased ability to integrate figures more naturally into a setting. This scene, in which one of his wives persuades Solomon to worship idols, also demonstrates a desire to follow Albrecht Dürer's systematic style of hatching to produce tonal effects (see Dürer's The Large Passion: The Last Supper).

See also
PR - Woodcut
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L. E. Holden Fund

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