Description of the picture:
Samson’s Blinding – Rembrandt. 1636. Oil on wood. Two hundred six &# 215; two hundred seventy six cm
Mighty power, love, betrayal and treachery – all mixed up in a dramatic biblical story about the protector of the Jewish people Samson.
Cruelty and a predictable outcome causes the viewer horror and abomination. The most “talking” moments of the picture are the eyes and faces of the characters. The enemies’ faces are focused and attentive, Delilah’s indifferent, empty, even ironic, and Samson gritted his teeth tightly, which indicates suffering from inhuman pain. The style solution of the canvas corresponds to the traditions of Rembrandt – a darkened background, brightened figures of the main characters, a lot of gold and brown. At night, she cut off the hair of a sleeping strongman and let in the Philistines, who tied him and mercilessly gouged out his eyes.
Many artists before Rembrandt addressed this topic, but the master set as his goal to present the plot in an unexpected perspective and he succeeded. The painter chose the most dramatic moment – daggers pierce Samson’s eyes. At the same time, Rembrandt supplied the canvas with many small details, looking at which, the whole horror of history gradually unfolds to 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 escaping – the traitor Delilah, who holds in her hand the cropped hair of her lover. The source of his phenomenal strength was long hair. The Philistines, who could not resist the strongman in any way, persuaded his beloved Delilah to learn the secret of the invincible Samson. After long attempts, Samson revealed a secret secret to his mistress and she betrayed him.
Researchers note that at the same time as Samson, the painter creates, perhaps, his most famous painting – “Give”. It was after these two works that Rembrandt received numerous orders.