Susanna Bathing

around 1555/56, Artist: Jacopo Robusti, gen. Tintoretto

 

 

Susanna Bathing

In the Old Testament the story is told of Susanna, bathing in her own garden, receiving indecent propositions from two men who have secretly made their way in. When Susanna rejects them, they slander her in front of her husband. Only Daniel’s speech to the trial rescues Susanna from the death sentence to which she had been sentenced for alleged adultery. The tension inherent to the scene – the “calm before the storm” – is visualised by means of contrasts between bright and dark, between extreme proximity and great distance, between the dazzling beauty of the woman and the caricatured physiognomy of the men etc.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal II

Object data

Object Name

Painting

Culture

Italian, Venetian

Dated

around 1555/56

Artist

Jacopo Robusti, gen. Tintoretto (1518 - 1594 Venedig) - GND

Material

Canvas

Dimensions

146 cm × 193,6 cm
Framed: 187 cm × 220 cm × 12 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 1530

Provenance

1648 described by Ridolfi in the house of Nicolas Régnier; 1677 Coll. Giovanni Roetta, Venice; Before 1712 in the gallery

IGS - Susanna im Bade - Tintoretto

OESG - Susanna im Bade - Tintoretto

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