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Carneo, Antonio (attributed to)
Samson and Delilah
Around 1675

The story of Delilah, told in the Book of Judges (16:4–21), has been part of the power-of-women theme since the fourteenth century. Bribed by the Philistines to learn the secret of Samson’s incredible physical strength, Delilah manipulates his emotions with her clever words until he confesses that his unshorn hair is the source of his power. Here, Samson’s rippling muscles make his defeat more pronounced, while Delilah, clutching his severed locks, signals his vulnerability to the Philistines in the background.

 
Carneo, Antonio (attributed to)
Concordia Sagittaria, Italy 1637–Portogruaro, Italy 1692
Samson and Delilah
Around 1675
Oil on canvas
116.0 x 95.4 cm
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Bader, 1976
19-079

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