Two Biblical Scenes from Palazzo Lancellotti

about 1615-25, Guido Reni

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    In the late 18th century, these two paintings were hung as pendants, or companion pieces. However, they were not conceived as a pair initially as 'Lot and his Daughters leaving Sodom' was painted some years before 'Susannah and the Elders'.

    It is possible that Reni created 'Susannah and the Elders' to accompany his earlier work, but it is also possible that the pairing was made by a collector much later.

    Because the two Old Testament subjects illustrate feminine vice and virtue, the pairing would seem to be deliberate.

    Paintings in this group: Two Biblical Scenes from Palazzo Lancellotti


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