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The Blinding of Samson by Rembrandt van Rijn

    The Blinding of Samson by Rembrandt van Rijn

    The Blinding of Samson by Rembrandt van Rijn was created in 1636. The painting is in Stadelsches Kunstinstitut Frankfurt. The size of the work is 205 x 272 cm and is made of oil on canvas.

    What violence! What drama! The superhuman strength with which God endowed the Old Testament judge Samson resides in his uncut hair. His mistress, Delilah, a Philistine, has coaxed this secret from him. She shaves his head and calls her countrymen, who lose no time in pouncing on the hero thus robbed of his might. They tie him up and gouge out his eyes. (Read more in Stadelsches Kunstinstitut Frankfurt)

    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

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