Susanna and the elders, Peter Paul Rubens, 1607-1608
- Posted by Peter Paul Rubens
- Museum: Borghese Gallery
- Year: 1607-1608
Description of the picture :
Susanna and the elders are Peter Paul Rubens. 1607-1608. Oil on canvas. 94×66
In the painting of Rubens (1577-1640), expression, drama and beating over the edge of the fullness of life were combined. These features of baroque art were reflected in his painting “Susanne and the Elders” on the plot from the Book of the Prophet Daniel. In one of its chapters in the Greek translation of the Old Testament, it is told how two elders saw a pious woman during a swim and, threatening with accusations of adultery, began to seek her love. Susanna did not succumb to the persuasion and, allegedly for having sinned with the young man, was sentenced to death, but her innocence was proved by the prophet Daniel.
Rubens repeatedly addressed this plot, using the opportunities provided by him, namely to portray a naked woman, which was one of the leading topics in the art of the master, and to convey the sensuality that filled the stage of swimming of Susanna. A young beauty, whose tender body, thanks to an anxious, flickering painting, shines, speaking from the darkness, threw her head and looks at the elders in horror. The contrast of lustful old age and flowering youth brings a touch of drama to the picture. But the author makes it feel the victory of chastity over base instincts: internal purity is expressed in him through physical beauty, which he perceived as something sublime.