Lot’s escape (c.1496) by Albrecht Durer

Lot's escape - Albrecht Durer - c.1496

Artwork Information

TitleLot's escape
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Lot's escape

“Lot’s Escape” is a religious painting created by Albrecht Durer around 1496. It is executed in oil on panel and is associated with the Northern Renaissance art movement. This artwork captures a scene from the biblical story of Lot’s flight from Sodom, as described in the Book of Genesis.

In the painting “Lot’s Escape” by Albrecht Durer, we see three main figures in the foreground, presumably Lot and his daughters, fleeing from a city engulfed in flames. The city in the background is being consumed by a disaster, with streams of fire raining down, indicating the divine wrath that befalls Sodom. Lot is depicted as an elderly man with a white beard, wearing a blue cloak and carrying a walking stick, while his daughters are shown with concerned expressions, one looking back towards the city, capturing the moment of Sodom’s destruction. The attention to detail, vivid colors, and expressive figures are indicative of the Northern Renaissance style, valuing realism and emotional impact.

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