Annibale Carracci

Susanna and the Elders

56.8 x 86.1 cm; oil on wood panel (FC 326)

It has recently been clarified that this is the Chaste Susanna on wood panel by Annibale Carracci, described by Bellori (1672) from a copy. For a long time it was considered as a derivation and attributed to Domenichino. Painted in Rome by Annibale for the Facchinetti family, it soon went to Bologna, to return on the marriage of Violante Facchinetti and Giovan Battista Pamphilj. The rectification of its attribution is a clear demonstration of how rough and ready the cataloguing of Carracci’s works has been up until now. The high quality of the painting recalls his Domine quo vadis? in the National Gallery, London, and his Pietà in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, both also painted on smooth surfaces.

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