The Ferocious Presence of Souza’s ‘Susanna and the Elders’


Francis Newton Souza’s monumental painting ‘Untitled’ depicts the Old Testament story of a young woman who refuses the advances of her husband’s elderly male guests, only to be accused of promiscuity and put on trial for her life. In this episode of Anatomy of an Artwork, discover the Old Masters who inspired the painting, the contemporary link to Jean-Michel Basquiat and how Souza’s relationship with the church influenced his work. ‘Untitled’ is a highlight of our upcoming sale Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art (10 June | London). Click here to watch more Sotheby’s videos.

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