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Susanna and the Elders, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliorum, ca. 1582 - 1593, ca. 1653 - 1654

  • etching, paper
  • 188 x 248 mm
  • Inv. 2013-AAU

Public Domain

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The naked Susanna sits in a court garden, bathing by a fountain. The two elders approach her. From the house in the background, residents stream out to see what is going on. On the right, two peacocks, two chickens and a rooster can be seen. In the distance, the two elders are being put to death (Dan. 13:7).


Pieter I van der Borcht RKD
Mechelen ca. 1530 - Antwerp ca. 1611

Jan Philipsz. Schabaelje
Amsterdam ca. 1586 - Amsterdam 1656

Title Susanna and the Elders, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliorum
Date ca. 1582 - 1593
ca. 1653 - 1654
Period 16th century
17th century
Location Amsterdam TGN
Medium and support etching AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the dipiction, at the top: Daniel. 13. 7.
printed inscription in the depiction, top left: Casta placent superis.
printed inscription in the depiction, bottom centre: 58
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: Pe. V. Borcht.
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: 59
stamps (tools) on the back, bottom right: Stad Gent / Museum voor Schone Kunsten
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 2013-AAU
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300015571 cityscapes (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
25F35(PEACOCK) ornamental birds: peacock Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25H11 mountains Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass
25H213 river Iconclass
25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass
25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass
26A clouds Iconclass
31A25331 pointing to the forehead with the index finger Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31D16 old man Iconclass
31E23411 violent death by stoning Iconclass
34B232 fowl (cock, hen, chicken, etc.) Iconclass
41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings Iconclass
41A11 palace Iconclass
41A54 fence, wall, paling Iconclass
41A641 statues, sculptures in garden Iconclass
41A651 garden fountain Iconclass
71 Old Testament Iconclass
71P41 the story of Susanna and the elders (in which the youth Daniel intervenes on behalf of Susanna) (Daniel 13) Iconclass
71P412 Susanna bathing, usually in or near a fountain and sometimes accompanied by two female servants Iconclass
71P4121 the elders spying upon Susanna Iconclass
71P4122 the elders making advances towards Susanna Iconclass
71P413 the elders accusing Susanna before the people, laying their hands on her head or unveiling her Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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