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Susanna (#1)

1948 Paul Manship 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 1966.47.1 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.

Keywords

Religion - Old Testament - Susanna

sculpture

stone - marble

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