Susanna and the Elders

Jacob Jordaen, Susanna and the Elders, 1653. Oil on canvas, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen.

Jordaens was a Flemish painter popular because of his boisterous humor and his tendency to portray robust common folk. In this depiction of Susanna and the elders the figures are all healthy and glowing with a sense of joie de vivre and comedy, as if a party has been taking place. The original narrative has certainly been tweaked and is illustrated here as if Susanna was not threatened at all by these two comedic characters trying to climb in her window.

Jacob Jordaen, Susanna and the Elders, 1653. Oil on canvas, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen.

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