The apocryphal Book of Daniel reports that while bathing, Susanna was besieged by two men. She was later maligned by the aged persecutors for having seduced a young man. But the prophet Daniel pronounced her innocent. The tightly framed composition emphasizes Susanna’s vulnerability, her desperation underscored by her tormentors’ gestures. Van Dyck crystallizes the climactic moment of these dramatic events, demonstrating his extraordinary talent as a storyteller. The colour scheme, painting style, and the dry, streaky rendering of the luminous reflections are evocative of Venetian painting.