Susanna and the Elders

A nude woman sits at the edge of a pool in a garden with a fountain visible in the foreground. Two bearded men lean on a gate next to her. The closer figure extends his left hand toward the woman, while the other points toward a town visible in the distance.
Annibale Carracci
c. 1590
The virtuous Jewess Susanna bathes in her garden, where she is accosted by two lecherous elders. One of the men leans over a fence toward Susanna as he propositions her, while his companion points to the town visible in the background, threatening to publicly accuse her of adultery should she reject their advances.
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser
1959/1.125
Saturday, May 21, 2022