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Maker(s):Deveria, Achille
Culture:French (1800 - 1857)
Title:Susannah and the Elders
Date Made:ca. 1840
Materials:graphite on cream wove paper
Place Made:France
Measurements:sheet: 10 15/16 x 7 7/16 in.; 27.7813 x 18.8913 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated, stamp at lower right: Vente Deveria 1967
Accession Number:  SC 1969.48
Credit Line:Purchased
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

nude young woman with crossed arms leaning on a pedestal; behind her two older leering men

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Maggie Hoot, class of 2016:

Although Achille Devéria’s work does not fall into one specific artistic category, this drawing contains aspects of both Delacroix’s Romantic narratives and Ingres’s Neoclassical nudes, thus uniting two artistic opponents. This scene from the Book of Daniel concerns the blackmailing of a Hebrew wife, Susannah, by two lecherous elders who encounter her bathing, insisting they would claim she had a secret lover if she did not give herself to them. Devéria focused on the unclothing of Susannah: in removing her wrap the elders are also pulling away her modesty and dignity, revealing her dilemma, which was whether to save her body or her soul.

men; women; nudes; architecture; biblical

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