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Susanna or Shoshana (Hebrew: שׁוֹשַׁנָּה, Modern Šošana Tiberian Šôšannâ: "lily") is included in the Book of Daniel (as chapter 13) by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. As the story goes, a fair Hebrew wife named Susanna was falsely accused by lecherous voyeurs. As she bathes in her garden, having sent her attendants away, two lustful elders secretly observe the lovely Susanna. When she makes her way back to her house, they accost her, threatening to claim that she was meeting a young man in the garden unless she agrees to have sex with them. She refuses to be blackmailed and is arrested and about to be put to death for promiscuity when a young man named Daniel interrupts the proceedings, shouting that the elders should be questioned to prevent the death of an innocent. After being separated, the two men are questioned about details (cross-examination) of what they saw but disagree about the tree under which Susanna supposedly met her lover. In the Greek text, the names of the trees cited by the elders form puns with the sentence given by Daniel. The first says they were under a mastic (ὑπο σχίνον, hupo schinon), and Daniel says that an angel stands ready to cut (σχίσει, schisei) him in two. The second says they were under an evergreen oak tree (ὑπο πρίνον, hupo prinon), and Daniel says that an angel stands ready to saw (πρίσαι, prisai) him in two. The great difference in size between a mastic and an oak makes the elders' lie plain to all the observers. The false accusers are put to death, and virtue triumphs.

Susanna and the Elders, Gerrit van Honthorst

Susanna and the Elders, Guido Reni


Susanna and the Elders, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo


Susanna and the Elders, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn


Susanna and the Elders, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Susanna and the Elders, Peter Paul Rubens

Susanna and the Elders, Peter Paul Rubens

Susanna and the Elders, Peter Paul Rubens


Susanna and the Elders, Jacopo Tintoretto

Susanna and the Elders, Sisto Badalocchio

Susanna and the Elders, Massimo Stanzione

Susanna and the Elders, Francesco Trevisani

Susanna and the Elders, Giovanni Francesco Guercino


Susanna and the Elders, Sebastiano Ricci


The accused Susanna and the Prophet Daniel, Sebastiano Ricci


Susanna and the Elders, Lorenzo Lotto

Susanna and the Elders, Joseph-Marie Vien

Susanna And The Elders, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone

Susanna and the Elders, Guido Cagnacci

Susanna And The Elders, Gustave Moreau


Susanna and the Elders, Anthony van Dyck

Susanna and the Elders , Massimo Stanzione

Susanna at the Bath, Jean-Baptiste Santerre

Susanna and Elders, Vincent Sellaer

Susanna and the Elders, Jan Massys

Susanna and the Elders, Nicolas Bertin

Copy of Tizian´s Suzanne at her bath , Lars Hansen

Susanna and the Elders, Pompeo Batoni

Susanna and the Elders, Franz von Stuck

Susanna and the Elders, Franz von Stuck

Susanna and the Elders, Franz von Stuck

Susanna and the Elders

Susanna, Theodor Baierl

Susanna and the Elders, Franz Stuck

Susanna in the Bath Franz Stuck


Susanna and the Elders, Lucas van Leyden


Susanna and the Elders, Annibale Carracci


Sequence of the so-called " Lascivie ", Agostino Carracci

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