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Two Biblical Scenes from Palazzo Lancellotti

These two paintings were first recorded in the Palazzo Lancellotti, Rome, in 1640, where they hung together as companion pieces until they were respectively acquired by the National Gallery in 1844. 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 similarly plausible 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