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Roore, Jacques Ignace de
Susanna and the Elders
around 1735

Chapter 13 of the Book of Daniel tells of the beautiful Susanna, wife of the wealthy Joachim, who is accosted by two elders during her daily walk through her garden. With leering gazes and creeping hands, they attempt to coerce her into sexual relations by threatening her with allegations of adultery.
She resists their advances and is later vindicated of the accusations in court. Jacques Ignace de Roore presents Susanna on a small scale, inviting close inspection of her naked body and her luxurious surroundings in parallel to the elders’ gazes.

 
Roore, Jacques Ignace de
Antwerp, Belgium 1686–The Hague, Netherlands 1747
Susanna and the Elders
around 1735
Oil on panel
height / width: 44.7 x 58.4
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1985
28-272

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