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LUCAS VAN LEYDEN Solomon's Idolatry.
Engraving, 1514. 171x130 mm; 6 3/4x5 1/8 inches. Trimmed on the plate mark. A very good, well-inked impression of this scarce engraving, with strong contrasts.
According to the Art Institute of Chicago, "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 a 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 foreigness and dangerouls heretical beliefs. Despite Solomon's wisdom, his female consort, possibly the Queen of Sheba, turns his heart away from God." Bartsch 30; Hollstein 30; Volbehr 28.