“Sumson’s Blinding,” Rembrandt – a description of the picture

“Sumson’s Blinding,” Rembrandt – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by Rembrandt
  • Museum: Stedel Art Institute
  • Year: 1636

Description of the picture :

Samson’s Blinding – Rembrandt. 1636. Wood, butter. 206 × 276 cm

   Mighty power, love, betrayal and treachery – everything was mixed in dramatic biblical history about the defender of the Jewish people of Samson.

   The source of his phenomenal strength was long hair. The Philistines, who could not fight back the strongman, persuaded his beloved Dalil to find out the secret of the invincible Samson. After long attempts, Samson revealed the secret secret secret to his mistress and she betrayed him. At night, she cut off her hair from a sleeping strongman and let the Philistines in, who tied him and pounded her eyes.

   Many artists addressed this topic before Rembrandt, but the master set out to present the plot from an unexpected angle and he succeeded. The painter chose the most dramatic moment – the daggers stick into Samson’s eyes. At the same time, Rembrandt supplied the canvas with many small details, looking at which, the whole horror of history is gradually unfolding in front of the viewer.

   Samson is surrounded by armed people, he is helpless without his strength. And in the background we see the culprit of the tragedy running away – the traitor Delilah, who holds the cut hair of her lover in her hand. Cruelty and a predictable outcome causes the viewer to horror and thaw. The most “talking” moments of the picture are the eyes and faces of the actors. Enemies of the enemies are focused and attentive, Dalila has an indifferent, empty, even ironic, and Samson gritted his teeth tightly, which indicates suffering from inhuman pain.

   The stylish solution of the canvas corresponds to the traditions of Rembrandt – a tinted background, the highlighted figures of the main characters, a lot of gold and brown.

   Researchers note that at the same time as Samson, the painter creates perhaps his most famous picture – “I’m giving it.”. It was after these two works that numerous orders fell on Rembrandt.