Anthony Van Dyck 1599 – 1641

Samson and Delilah

oil on canvas (148 × 257 cm) — 1628-1630 Museum Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Anthony Van Dyck biography

This work is linked to Judges 16:19

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Delilah has just cut off some of Samson's hair. The scissors and the hair are in the foreground to the left. Samson then lost his invincibility and immediately was captured by the Philistines.

This painting shows the influence of Van Dyck's two great examples. Rubens lent him the strong figures, and Titian inspired the use of warm colours.

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