The University of Michigan’s Professor Patricia Simons gives a public lecture on Jacopo Tintoretto’s Susanna and the Elders, a painting that is commonly read as a case of male voyeurism, in subject and purpose, or as mere moralising allegory. This lecture moves away from each reductive extreme by re-examining the story’s history and visual effect.

Professor Patricia Simons is Professor of Art History, University of Michigan. Her field of study includes the art of Renaissance Europe (primarily Italy, France and the Netherlands) with a special focus on the representation of gender and sexuality.