Susanna and the Elders, 1536


Bequest of Herschel V. Jonesexpand_more  P.68.251

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Using drawing skills honed in Albrecht Dürer's workshop, Hans Schäufelein focused on justice for Susanna. Prompted by God, Daniel asks each elder separately under which tree she committed her alleged adultery. When they gave differing answers, their lie was exposed. Schäufelein compressed the narrative to include, clockwise from back right: the elders entering the garden, Daniel questioning Susanna, her maids, the courtroom, and the elders being put to death.

Susanna and the Elders
Artist Life
c. 1482–1539/40
Accession Number
Ambroise Firmin-Didot, (L. 119); J. J. Peoli, (l. 2020); Frederick Keppel, 1916
Catalogue Raisonne
Dodgson II.212 Pass. 136
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