Susanne: Revealing Images of a Virtuous WomanThe World’s first Susanna exhibition at the Wallraf-Richartz Museum

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Dear ArtTalkers,

In the last ArtTalks newsletters, I relayed a short version of the biblical legend of Susanna with the “crime story” elements🔍. Here a recap:

Two influential judges spy on Susanna while she’s bathing. They try to force the young, married mother into sexual submission by threatening to expose her as an adulteress. Susanna refuses to give in to their demands.

She is accused of adultery and brought to trial. The prophet Daniel takes up her defense, demonstrates her innocence, and exposes the lies of the old men through his brilliant interrogation. This is the narrative in a nutshell.

The Wallraff presentation shows that the abuse of power and sexualized violence have been depicted in western paintings for centuries. This special exhibition at the Wallraf demonstrates this with first-class works lent from international museums – from classical greats to contemporary artists. The visual Susanna “thread” traces different interpretations of the biblical narrative, stylistic preferences, changing art market demand, and the artistic discourses that ignited around the Susanna theme. A fascinating kaleidoscope!

Here is the link to Museum Wallraf-Richartz’s website with more information.

This exhibition requires me to guide you with headphones. We have a time slot. Please come early to get your headset, store your large bags and get your free Köln ticket from the service desk. Our ArtTalk discussions can take place afterward. Hope you can plan time for this 😊

Won’t you join us to look, think and engage with great art?

Artful best wishes,


Session 1: 02.02.2023, 10:30 o’clock (Register here)
Session 2: 02.02.2023, 18:30 o’clock (Register here)


Sign up by Sunday, January 29th. Why? My ArtTalks are labors of love – each ArtTalk is unique and requires time and resources to prepare for. Minimum number of ArtTalk participants: 5 Maximum number of ArtTalk participants: 15 If the minimum or maximum number is relevant, I will let you know via email at least 2 days before the ArtTalk. If don’t hear from me – you’re in and we’re on


Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Obenmarspforten, Am Kölner Rathaus, D-50667 Köln


Regular 20 € +2 € Headset; 5€ kids/students +2 € Headset; Its KölnTag and on the first Thursday of every month, the city of Cologne invites all its citizens to visit the city's museums' permanent collections and many special exhibitions free of charge. Your identity card is valid as an admission ticket. NEW: We must line up at the service desk (Kasse) and show ID there to get a free ticket.

Please transfer the ArtTalk fee with your registration a week before the ArtTalk. If you pay and cannot attend, let me know where I can transfer your money back to you

ArtTalk bank account:

DE 17 6723 0000 4019 2455 50

Further information:

We’ll meet in the foyer. Remember large bags (bigger than a A4 piece of paper) must be checked. Make sure you’re at the museum at least 15 mins. before the ArtTalk to do so 😉 Feel free to reach out to me Karla: if you have any questions.