Solomon Worshipping an Idol, c. 1519



Gift of Herschel V. Jones, 1926expand_more  P.10,601

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Hans Burgkmair's debt to the Italian Renaissance is evident in this border, filled with grotesques and frolicking nudes. Solomon's tastes were similarly exotic: his wives, many of them "foreign," included 700 princesses and 300 concubines (I Kings 11: 1-13). This woodcut emphasizes the amorous old king's helplessness in the face of female blandishments: the false god he worships resembles the crafty pagan wife who convinces him to commit this sacrilege.

Solomon Worshipping an Idol
Artist Life
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Ill. B.4, 201; Holl. 3 iia/iib
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