Lot and his Family Flee Sodom (Genesis 19:15-26)

William de Brailesca. 1250 (Medieval)

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

This page from Walters manuscript W.106 depicts a scene from the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Having saved Lot and his family from the Sodomites, the angels instructed him to flee the city with his wife and two daughters, because the angels were about to destroy it. Lot lingered, so they took his hand, and those of his family, and placed them outside the city, and instructed them to flee to the small city of Zoar, without looking back. However, Lot's wife disobeyed, and upon looking back she was turned into a pillar of salt.


  • Title: Lot and his Family Flee Sodom (Genesis 19:15-26)
  • Date Created: ca. 1250 (Medieval)
  • Physical Dimensions: w9.5 x h13.2 cm
  • Type: illuminated manuscripts; folios (leaves)
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: ink and pigment on parchment
  • Provenance: Léon Gruel, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, June 6, 1903, by purchase [see The Diaries of George Lucas]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Oxford, England, United Kingdom
  • Inscriptions: [Translation] The inscription below the image reads: God commanded Lot and his wife and his daughters to go out of Sodom without looking [back]. Lot's wife looked [back]. God changed her into a salty rock.; [Transliteration] Above: Sodom. foudre. lot e sa
  • Artist: William de Brailes

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