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|Collection:||Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture|
|Date:||1500 - 1600|
The story of 'Suzanna and the Elders', is from the Apocrypha. The Apocrypha contains stories which are not in the canonised or official Bible. Suzanna was bathing in her garden when two Elders, who were spying on her, threatened to accuse her of adultery if she did not submit to their lust. She refused and was condemned to death. As she was led to her execution a man called Daniel appealed for the Elders to be questioned again. They were exposed as liars and executed in her place. The story illustrated the virtues of chastity and courage, even in the face of death. It was one of few Bible episodes that allowed the depiction of the female nude.
|Production Period:||16th century|
|Medium:||Alabaster with gilding.|