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After Werff, Adriaen van der (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1659-1722) , Samson and Delilah

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Title Samson and Delilah
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
Artist After Werff, Adriaen van der (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1659-1722)
Date Earliest probably about 1690
Date Latest possibly about 1800
Description The story is told in Judges 16. Samson, the Jewish hero, fell in love with Delilah. She was bribed by the Philistines and discovered that his strength came from his hair which had never been cut. She cut his hair while he slept, so Samson was drained of his strength and the Philistines were able to capture him. Here, Delilah, nearly nude, is seated, with Samson asleep and reclining against her. She holds up a lock of his hair that she has just cut off. A Philistine stands on the left. In the background is a niche with a statue, a fluted column and red drapery.
Current Accession Number 83
Former Accession Number 117 (1855); 524 (1893)
Subject religion (Samson; Delilah)
Measurements 35.5 x 28.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan 1854.
Publications Waagen, G., Treasures of Art in Great Britain, London, III, 1854, p. 288; McLellan Catalogue, Glasgow, 1855, p. 7, no. 117; Hofstede de Groot, C., 'Hollandsche Kunst in Schotland', Oud Holland, 11, 1893, p. 146, no. 524; Hofstede de Groot, C., A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century, X, Stuttgart, 1928, A. van der Werff, no. 19(i); Miles, H., Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Paintings in the Glasgow Art Gallery, Glasgow, 1961, I, p. 151, no. 83; Gaehtgens, B., Adriaen van der Werff, Berlin, 1987, p. 269, no. 44, kopien, no. 3.
Notes The composition is after a painting formerly in the Poullain collection, Paris, itself not by van der Werff, but a variant of an autograph original by him (according to Schwerin).
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Robert Wenley



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