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Old Testament Notes


            Susanna a chaste wife of a wealthy man, Joachim, was taking a bath in her garden, when two lusty elders, judges by proffesion, saw her and demanded her favors. She cried for help, but the elders raised the alarm themselves and accused her of infidelity: they said they saw her with a young man under a tree. She was sentenced to death, but St. Daniel, then a young boy, stopped the executors and asked the elders to be interrogated separately; they were asked to show the tree under which they had spied Susanna with her lover. The elders showed different trees, Susanna was justified, and her accusers were stoned.
See: Albrecht Altdorfer Susanna at Her Bath and The Stoning of the Old Men.
Lorenzo Lotto Susanna and the Elders.
Anthony van Dyck  Susanna and the Elders.
Rembrandt. Susanna Surprised by the Elders.
Jacopo Robusti, called Tintoretto. Susannah and the Elders. Susanna and the Elders. Suzanna at Her Bath.

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