The Blinding of Samson (1636) by Rembrandt van Rijn

The Blinding of Samson - Rembrandt van Rijn - 1636

Artwork Information

TitleThe Blinding of Samson
ArtistRembrandt van Rijn
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions206 x 276 cm
Current LocationStadelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

About The Blinding of Samson

The Blinding of Samson is an artwork that was created in 1636 by Rembrandt van Rijn. It is considered the first painting of its kind in pictorial tradition and depicts the biblical hero, Samson. This story had great attraction for the Baroque public where it features well-known characters from the Bible.

Rembrandt’s expertise as a painter shows in his ability to capture emotions in this piece. The painting portrays a dramatic moment with great intensity as Samson is betrayed and blinded by his captors. The use of light and shadows in this artwork adds depth to its meaning, making it one of Rembrandt’s most powerful paintings.

Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait (1640) showcases his confidence and urbanity during this developmental period, which he used to produce other iconic pieces such as his Five Senses series. Moreover, Rembrandt van Rijn’s versatility has made him one of the greatest painters not only during the 17th century but also all throughout European Art history.

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