|Rembrandt. Samson. 1636
The picture tells the Old Testament story (Judges 16) of the downfall of Samson, the superhuman Israelite warrior
(with a combined strength of Rambo and Arnie !!) who was the scourge of the Philistines. Samson's ruin was caused
by his lust for the Philistine Delilah, who beguiled him into revealing the secret source of his strength - his uncut hair.
When his hair was cut by Delilah (in the background), he lost his strength resulting in him being arrested by the
Philistine soldiers who gouged out his eyes with sharp stakes. When his hair grew back, Samson used his returned
strength to destroy the Philistines' temple, sacrificing his own life while taking his revenge.
Oil on Canvas
Stadelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt