The Capture of Samson

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

1609/10

Artist:

Peter Paul Rubens
Flemish, 1577-1640

About this artwork

Peter Paul Rubens painted this sketch over a preliminary study for his great Adoration of the Magi of 1609 (Museo del Prado, Madrid). He inverted the panel before painting it again; the lower part of the Madonna’s blue robe from the earlier study still shows through at the upper right. The final design was a preparation for the monumental Samson and Delilah painted for Nicolas Rockox, a leading citizen of Antwerp (National Gallery, London). Rubens’s mastery of the oil sketch was part of the rapid, yet methodical working process that helped him forge a brilliant international career following his return to Antwerp after eight years in Italy.

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European Painting and Sculpture

Artist

Peter Paul Rubens

Title

The Capture of Samson

Origin

Flanders

Date

1609–1610

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

19 3/4 × 26 1/8 in. (50.4 × 66.4 cm)

Credit Line

Robert A. Waller Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1923.551

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