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The Chaste Susannah
Maura y Montaner, Francisco
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Maura y Montaner, Francisco

Palma de Mallorca, 1857 - Irún, Guipúzcoa, 1931

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The Chaste Susannah

1885. Oil on canvas. Room B

This composition adheres faithfully to the academic rules for the representation of the female nude, which demanded its insertion in a narrative scene by means of justification. In this exercise to fulfil the requirements of his residential grant at the Spanish Academy in Rome, Francisco Maura, the brother of a famous politician, chooses the best-known episode from the biblical story of Susannah, in which she is harassed by two old judges while bathing in a garden in Babylon.

Technical data

Inventory number
Maura y Montaner, Francisco
The Chaste Susannah
Height: 272 cm.; Width: 200 cm.
Dispatched by the Ministry of State to the Museo de Arte Moderno, 1930

Bibliography +

Díez, J.L (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 400.

G.Navarro, Carlos, Invitadas. Fragmentos sobre mujeres, ideología y artes plásticas en España (1833-1931), Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2020, pp. 184 nº 26.

Other inventories +

Registros-Inventarios Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, 1900-1936. Núm. 234-M.

Inscriptions +

F. Maura / Roma 1885
Inscribed in brown color. Front, lower right corner

Inscribed in brown color. Front, lower right corner


Location +

Room B (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 05-01-2021 | Registry created on 23-01-2016

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