PINTURICCHIO
(b. ca. 1454, Perugia, d. 1513, Siena)

Susanna and the Elders

1493-95
Fresco
Appartamento Borgia, Palazzi Vaticani, Rome

The theme of Susanna and the Elders was particularly suited to Pinturicchio's decorative sensibilities, resulting in a pleasing, fable-like environment for the biblical account. The two lecherous old men grab the maiden who stands in front of a fountain, the lower part of which is similar to that in the Baptistry of Siena. In the foreground are animals, including several rabbits, symbolic of lust.