This painting is part of the group: Two Biblical Scenes from Palazzo Lancellotti

This episode is taken from the Old Testament Apocrypha (Susannah 15-24). As the virtuous and beautiful Susannah bathes in her garden, she is approached by two elders who, lusting after her, threaten to accuse her of adultery if she does not sleep with them. She refuses and is falsely accused by them, but her innocence is proved and prevents her from being stoned. Ludovico Carracci also painted a version of 'Susannah and the Elders'.

Since cleaning in 1984, it has been suggested that this work is wholly by Reni. Since the late 18th century it has been hung as a pendant to the artist's 'Lot and his Daughters leaving Sodom'

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Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1575 - 1642
Full title
Susannah and the Elders
Group
Date made
1620-5
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
116.6 x 150.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1844
Inventory number
NG196
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Two Biblical Scenes from Palazzo Lancellotti