Cat#67: Susannah and the elders
The bathing Susannah, harassed by two Elders.
While Rembrandt, who is painting her portrait, has his back turned, two lascivious characters amongst whom Gauguin and the artist importune and threaten Susannah, the virtuous wife of Joakim, saved in the nick of time by the prophet Daniel.

Rembrandt’s life is a microcosm of the lives of all artists. One of the most modern of the Old Masters, his life and adventures in seventeenth-century Amsterdam mirror to a surprising degree the vicissitudes, money problems, domestic and economic conflicts with his in-laws and the social establishment that, to a similar degree, torment artists even in the twenty-first century.

Not unlike the English 18th. century artist William Hogarth who painted and engraved The Rakes Progress, Matthew tries to illustrate the Old Master’s ill-starred artistic Odyssey in these scenes from The Adventures of Rembrandt.


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