Samson Threatening His Father-in-Law by Rembrandt was created in 1635. The painting is in Gemaldegalerie Berlin. The size of the work is 158,5 x 130,5 cm and is made of oil on canvas.
Rembrandt here chooses a subject that is rarely depicted. The Old Testament hero Samson returns to the house of his wife’s parents after a long absence. He is refused admission, however, and learns that his bride has been given to another man in the meantime. At this, consumed by rage, he threatens his father-in-law. With this painting, Rembrandt created an impressive masterpiece through the monumentality of the single figure, the immediacy of Samson’s gesture and the dramatic heightening in his handling of light. Read more in Gemaldegalerie Berlin.
About the Artist: Dutch Golden Age painter, printmaker and draughtsman Rembrandt was born on 15 July 1606 in Leiden, in the Dutch Republic, now the Netherlands. As a boy, he attended a Latin school. At the age of 13, he was enrolled at the University of Leiden, although according to a contemporary he had a greater inclination towards painting. In 1624 or 1625, Rembrandt opened a studio in Leiden, which he shared with friend and colleague Jan Lievens. In 1627, Rembrandt began to accept students, which included Gerrit Dou in 1628 and Isaac de Jouderville… Read more