Il Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) 1591 – 1666

Samson Captured by the Philistines

oil on canvas (191 × 237 cm) — 1619 Museum Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Il Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) biography

This work is linked to Judges 16:21

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Delilah has cut Samson's hair, thereby undoing his invincibility. The Philistines immediately capture their enemy.

This early work by Guercino shows a very dramatic scene, but the depiction remains natural. A representative of the Pope in Ferrara commissioned the work, the same man that ordered The return of the prodigal son.

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