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Samson Killing the Lion

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.




Nicolaes de Bruyn (Flemish, 1571-1656)
after Gillis van Coninxloo (Netherlandish, c. 1544-1607)

About this artwork

The majority of Nicolaes de Bruyn’s work in the first decade of the 17th century consists of engravings after designs by Gillis van Coninxloo, a Netherlandish draftsman who was a generation older than De Bruyn. Highly influenced by his training in tapestry making, Coninxloo focused on the depiction of the heroic landscape, an interpretation of nature based on reality but with an emphasis on the ideal. De Bruyn followed the style of Coninxloo in his own designs, frequently including a small biblical subject within his landscapes. Here the immense and elaborate forest landscape overwhelms the tiny Samson and downplays the urgency of his fight with the lion.


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Nicolaes de Bruyn


Samson Killing the Lion


Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1603


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


44.2 × 68.8 cm (17 7/16 × 27 1/8 in.)

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William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

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