Susanna and the Elders

Tintoretto (Jacopo Comin), Susanna and the Elders, circa 1555.  Oil on canvas, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.

Tintoretto’s Susanna painting is quite large; about six feet by four feet. Susanna’s figure is right up in the foreground, glowing against the shadows behind her. She gazes into a mirror that is propped up against a trellis. One of the elders is awkwardly peeking around the front of the trellis and second elder is on the far side of the trellis. This stylized perspective frames the calm central figure of Susanna. It is clear she has not noticed the intrusion yet and “gazing” seems to be the only action here.

Tintoretto (Jacopo Comin), Susanna and the Elders, circa 1555.  Oil on canvas, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.

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