Susanna and the Elders

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.

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Susanna and the Elders, 1722–23. Oil on canvas, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut.

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