Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885
Died: New York, New York 1966
marble 37 in. (94.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W310
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 dries herself with a towel and appears unaware of the two lechers. Paul Manship usually sculpted in bronze, but may have made this piece in white marble to accentuate Susanna’s innocence and purity.
Religion - Old Testament - Susanna
stone - marble
About Paul Manship
Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966
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