Susanna and the Elders

Rembrandt van Rijn, Susanna and the Elders, 1634. Oil on oak panel, Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands.

Rembrandt painted several Susanna painting. This one focuses solely on the figure of Susanna; the elders are barely visible in the bushes. The disturbing aspect of this version is that Susanna does not seem to be aware of the elder behind her. She is clearly afraid and startled. And she is staring straight at us. We are voyeur she sees and fears.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Susanna and the Elders, 1634. Oil on oak panel, Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands.

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