Susanna and the Elders

Rembrandt van Rijn, Susanna and the Elders, 1634. Oil on oak panel, Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands.

In Rembrandt’s rendering, the elders are all but invisible in the shadows. Note how Susanna closes off her “slipper,” a euphemism for her womb. Compare this to the 1647 version (oil on mahogany panel, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin), where she has cast off her scarlet robe and the elders are now more visible.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Susanna and the Elders, 1634. Oil on oak panel, Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands.

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