Samson and Delilah (c. 1495) by Andrea Mantegna

Samson and Delilah - Andrea Mantegna - 1495 - 1506

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TitleSamson and Delilah
ArtistAndrea Mantegna
Date1495 - 1506
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions36.8 x 47 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationNational Gallery, London
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About Samson and Delilah

Samson And Delilah is a religious painting created by Andrea Mantegna in 1495 and currently held in the collection of the National Gallery of London. The painting is based on the biblical story of Samson and Delilah, which can be seen by the characters in the painting – Samson sits on a bed with his eyes blindfolded, whilst Delilah stands behind him cutting his hair with a pair of scissors. The composition of this artwork is done in an extraordinary manner – Mantegna used perspective to create depth, making Samson seem much larger than Delilah, to portray the meaning behind strength over weakness. In terms of its physical attributes, the painting measures at 36.8 x 47 cm and features vibrant colors such as green and red to capture the intensity between these characters.

Mantegna’s depiction of Samson And Delilah skillfully captures their story with precision and dramatic flair that remains relevant throughout art history. The Virgin Of Chancellor Rolin – Jan Van Eyck – is another masterwork that portrays important religious figures with poignancy, setting it apart from many other works created during its time. Through careful composition and attention to detail, Jan Van Eyck has produced a timeless artwork that conveys emotion and creates an outstanding mark in art history.

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