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Susanna and the Elders

Jusepe de Ribera (AKA Lo Spagnoletto), Spanish, (1591–September 3, 1652)

Creation date: ca. 1615
Creation place: Spain

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Type: Oil painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Accession Number: 2021.51
Dimensions: 70 9/32 x 54 1/8 in. (179 x 138 cm)
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Jusepe de Ribera
Spanish, active in Parma, Rome, and Naples, 1591 – 1652
Susanna and the Elders, 1610 – 1612
Oil on canvas
Private Collection

The story of Susanna, from the Book of Daniel, is about the triumph of virtue over deceit and lust. After she refuses their lecherous advances, the two elderly magistrates accuse Susanna of adultery. In a reversal of fortune, the elders’ treachery was revealed and Susanna was freed.
Trained in Valencia, Ribera set off for Italy around 1610. Following stays in Parma and Rome, “lo Spagnoletto” – as he was known – settled permanently in the Spanish viceroyalty of Naples, where he became the leading painter of his generation.
Last Updated: 4/23/2018


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain The San Diego Museum of Art , 5/18/2019 - 9/2/2019

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