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Description of the painting by Rembrant Harmenszoon Van Rijn "Samson and Delilah"


The story of Samson and Delilah is described in the Old Testament. According to legend, Samson was chosen by God in order to protect the Jewish people from their worst enemies. To this end, he bestowed upon the infant the great power embodied in his hair. Thanks to them, Samson was an incredibly strong and persistent warrior. However, some time later, the young man met the beautiful Delilah and fell madly in love with her. The girl was a priestess of love, so Samson increasingly came to her.

Several Philistine rulers found out about Samson's obsession and offered the girl 100 coins to reveal to them the secret of Samson's power. The greedy girl agreed to a deal. The man shared his secret with his girlfriend, and she, in turn, told her to the Philistine soldiers. However, at the end of the story, Samson managed to regain his strength and destroy the enemies.

The canvas depicts a scene where Samson sleeps on her lover's lap, unaware of the betrayal that the woman committed. The warrior is the most still and calm element of the picture, while the characters surrounding him are in action and anxiety. Their insidious plans can end if the victim wakes up. Therefore, the face of a warrior who cuts his hair expresses great anxiety, and the light is directed at his right hand. Creating an emphasis on this particular part allows the beholder to think about the character’s intentions.

Delilah herself is depicted as extremely worried, she points a finger at Samson's hair, which must be cut. The left part shows a man with a sword in a hurry to cut the hair of a man. Behind the fabric screen, in front of which Delilah sits, you can see the dark figure of the Philistine soldier, who is watching what is happening. He is waiting for the moment when Samson’s strength is weakened in order to hit the enemy at the right time, for this he prepared a sword in advance. The warrior's face is darkened, so the artist conveys his dark intentions and a certain facelessness.





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