Susanna and the Elders

Alessandro Allori, Susanna and the Elders, 1561. Oil on canvas, Musée Magnin, Dijon, France.

Allori was a Florentine painter working in the Mannerist style. His figures of Susanna and the Elders are reminiscent of the ancient sculpture Laocoön and His Sons that had been rediscovered fifty years earlier in Rome. Mannerist artists admired the sculpture for its dramatic composition. In early Christian art and in the Middle Ages, the focus of the Susanna narrative was often Susanna on trial or praising the Lord for her rescue. Daniel was also depicted in these, since he is the hero of the story. But starting in the thirteenth century the bath became the iconic scene for Daniel 13.

Alessandro Allori, Susanna and the Elders, 1561. Oil on canvas, Musée Magnin, Dijon, France.

The historical period generally spanning from the fifth century to the fifteenth century C.E. in Europe and characterized by decreases in populations and the degeneration of urban life.

A written, spoken, or recorded story.

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