The Burning of Sodom (formerly "The Destruction of Sodom")

Camille Corot French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 803

This Old Testament scene shows an angel in the sky hurling fire and brimstone down upon Sodom, to destroy the city for its wickedness. At the left, another angel leads Lot and his two daughters to safety. Behind them, Lot's wife, who looked back in regret despite a warning, has become a pillar of salt.
Years after Corot exhibited the painting at the Paris Salon of 1844, he cut it down substantially, reducing the sky and the landscape at right. He repainted the foreground in a darker palette and exhibited the revised canvas at the 1857 Salon. By then his stature ensured a better reception from the critics.

The Burning of Sodom (formerly "The Destruction of Sodom"), Camille Corot (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris), Oil on canvas

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