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Susanna

1965 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze on marble base 8 5/8 x 7 1/4 x 3 7/8 in. (21.9 x 18.5 x 10.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.81 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49A


Luce Center Label

This sculpture was probably inspired by the biblical story of Susanna. Two elders tried to seduce the young girl while she bathed, but she rejected their advances. In their anger, the men falsely accused her of adultery and sentenced her to death. In this piece the girl is reaching for a cloth and appears unaware of the two lechers.

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Religion - Old Testament - Susanna

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metal - bronze

stone - marble

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About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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