Susanna and the Elders, Rembrandt van Rijn, c. 1650 - c. 1655

Susanna and the Elders, Rembrandt van Rijn, c. 1650 - c. 1655

pen and brown ink, with opaque white; later additions in grey wash; framing line in brown ink, h 201mm × w 188mm Catalogue entry

Two old men approached the biblical heroine Susanna with a dishonourable proposition while she was bathing. They threatened to accuse her of adultery if she refused to do what they wanted. In this drawing, she turns away from them in embarrassment. The elder’s hand on her shoulder and the admonishing finger he raises speak volumes.

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