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How to Read Paintings: Susanna and the Elders by Artemisia Gentileschi

A compelling and superbly composed work of art with a powerful narrative

Susanna and the Elders (c. 1610) by Artemisia Gentileschi. Oil on canvas. Schloss Weißenstein collection, Pommersfelden, Germany. Source Wikimedia Commons

The painting shows two men leering over a wall, spying and conniving over a naked woman.

Their postures are threatening and lascivious. The way that the two figures combine into a single form, covers…

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