Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Susanna and the Elders, 1722–23. Oil on canvas, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut.
Tiepolo was a very successful Venetian Baroque painter. As well as biblical subjects, he painted those lighthearted mythological subjects that were so popular with the aristocracy as a means to impress and delight visitors. Here he uses a dramatic pose for Susanna in a theatrical setting. She raises her left hand in a traditional gesture of alarm. The gesture seems quite casual but this protest is one of the few remaining elements of Daniel 13.