Samson told Delilah that his hair is the source of his strength after all kinds of inducing. Then, Delilah made Samson drunk and had his hair shaved at night to help the Philistine invaders catch Samson successfully. The Philistine invaders excruciated Samson and eventually digged his eyes. However, they forgot the fact that Samson's hair would grow again after a couple of days. After being closed in the basement for a long time, Samson had his hair grow again. When the Philistine invaders interrogated him, Samson held two large columns, shaked the house and died together with the three thousand Philistine invaders. This famous painting reproduction shows the scene that Samson was digged eyes by the Philistine invaders in the basement.
Through all the picture, there is only a beam of light from the outside. But this beam of light illuminates the whole abusive event. The strong contrast of the light and shade strengthens the dramatic atmosphere. Samson is pushed on the floor, the soldier on the right is dragging his Iron handcuffed on his wrist, the soldier on the left is threatening him with a sword, the third soldier in the middle is trying to puncture his eyes with a knife on Samson's breast. Delilah, standing on the side, looks very scared and seems to try to run away. The light comes from the left side and illuminates Samson' whole body and the outline of the murderers. Light and dark are made so distinct by Rembrandt Van Rijn coloring and the whole painting is full of tension of agitation and fear.
In later posts, we will talk about Fernando Botero paintings.