Susanna and the Elders
- Jan Massys (Flemish, c. 1509-1575)
- Oil on panel
- 42 x 77-1/2 in. (106.7 x 196.9 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Norton Simon Art Foundation
- Accession Number:
- © Norton Simon Art Foundation
Jan Massys was the son of painter Quentin Metsys. He left Antwerp in 1544 to travel to Italy and France, where he aligned himself with the School of Fountainebleau. When he returned to Antwerp, he popularized a style that emphasized the primacy of the figure set in complex poses, as well as discrepancies in scale between the figures and between the figures and their setting. His style is essentially subjective, based on an ideal of elegant artifice.
The story, taken from the Apocrypha, tells how a heroine's innocence and virtue triumph over villainy. Susanna, a married woman, is secretly desired by two elders of the community who plot to seduce her. She is shown dispatching her maids before beginning her bath; the elders lie in wait. Later she is falsely accused of adultery by the men, whose advances she refused, and is found guilty by a court and condemned to death. Her innocence is proven by the young prophet Daniel.
Anonymous, (sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, November 13, 1922,lot 9, for 27000F) as "La Chaste Suzanne et les Vieillards," to);
M. and Mme. René Kieffer, Paris, (sale, Paris, Hôtel Georges V, 29 May 1969, lot 91, as "La chaste Suzanne et les vieillards," to);
Sylvia Blatas/Galerie René Drouet, Paris, sold 1969-06-11 to;
The Norton Simon Foundation, 2005-11-23 to;
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