About the Image:
Susanna and the Elders is a painting by Pompeo Batoni, created in 1751 in Rococo style. The painting depicts the biblical story of Susanna, who was spied on by two elders while bathing and falsely accused of adultery. The painting is considered a testament to Batoni's considerable stature as a painter, as he was the dominant painter in Rome in the middle years of the 18th century. The painting was originally painted for Ernst Guido, Graf von Harrach. The painting measures 136×99 cm and is displayed in various galleries, including the Web Gallery of Art, Arthive, and TopofART.
About the Artist:
Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (1708-1787) was an Italian painter who was the leading portrait painter of 18th-century Rome. He was born in Lucca, Italy, the son of a goldsmith, and his training probably took place there. Batoni's style took inspiration and incorporated elements of classical antiquity, French Rococo, Bolognese classicism, and the work of artists such as Nicolas Poussin, Claude Lorrain, and especially Raphael. He is considered a precursor of Neoclassicism. Batoni invented the type of "grand tourist" portrait, which shows the sitter at ease among the ruins of antiquity, and was very popular among the English. Batoni's pre-eminence in this field was unchallenged, and he was particularly favored by foreign visitors making the Grand Tour, whom he often portrayed in an antique setting. Batoni's works are displayed in various galleries, including the National Gallery in London and the National Galleries of Scotland.