Sebastiano Ricci 1659 – 1734
Susanna before Daniel
oil on canvas (243 × 440 cm) — 1725-26 Galleria Sabauda, Turin
This work is linked to Susanna 1:48
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The pious and beautiful Susanna has been falsely accused of adultery by two prominent old men. She had turned down their sexual advances. The gathering of Jews in Babylon believes them and rules that Susanna is to be put to death.
Then the young prophet Daniel steps in. He interrogates the two men separately and finds contradictions in their statements. Susanna is then freed and the two men are evicted.
Ricci shows two moments that are not in the biblical story. Susanna pleas before Daniel, and the two men are chained.
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