Samson and Delilah

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

Date:

1545

Artist:

Hans Brosamer
German, c. 1500-1554

About this artwork

In another portrayal of the dangerous power of women, here Brosamer depicted the biblical scene of Delilah betraying Samson. This engraving is similar in scale to the artist’s nearby Phyllis and Aristotle (1923.203), and the two works may have been conceived as a pair. Renowned for his strength, Samson unwisely shared the source of his power—his hair—with his lover, the treacherous Delilah. While the Bible verses (Judges 16: 17–18) specify that Samson will lose his strength when his hair is shaved off, here Deliliah uses a more feminine tool, scissors.

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Artist

Hans Brosamer

Title

Samson and Delilah

Origin

Germany

Date

1545

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

80 x 97 mm (image/plate); 84 x 100 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer

Reference Number

1921.317

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