Sacrifice of Solomon
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The painting is traditionally credited to Ciro Ferri. Nevertheless, the rough and inept execution of the figures, the modelling of draperies, and the landscape cast doubt on the agreed attribution. The plot of the painting is based on the Old Testament story of King Solomon's sacrifice. In the foreground, King Solomon, surrounded by a group of women holding various gifts, kneels before the idol of Moloch. Behind him, the Queen of Sheba, in a crown, is teaching him how to perform sacrifices. The style of the painting, particularly the types of figures, demonstrates the influence of Pietro da Cortona's school.