This subject, together with Lot and his Daughters, was popular in 16th Century Antwerp, probably because it allowed for a legitimate depiction of an erotic encounter between old and young. Jan Massys and his studio painted several Susannas, as did the Master of the Prodigal Son and Frans Floris, among others. All of them liked to set the subject in a lush garden, with lavishly ornamented fountains and sculpture, as here.
This picture, though similar in style to the above masters, and typical of Antwerp pictorial production in the third quarter of the 16th Century, is not derived in its composition from any obvious prototype.
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