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Under the influence of the works of Italian artists, Rubens created works on religious subjects. On the canvas "Samson and Delilah", written around 1609, depicts one of the biblical episodes. The author finds the characters as historical subjects without investing religious meaning in them.
Samson, born and raised among humble insults, humiliations and disgraces of his people, takes revenge on the enemy, committing mass bloodshed of the Philistines. Having made a vow and devoting himself to the Almighty, he grew long curls that gave him strength. However, the Old Testament hero was the victim of a passionate love for the cunning Delilah, who promised the Philistine authorities for some reward to find out what Samson’s unimaginable omnipotence was.
In the foreground are four brightly lit oval faces. Samoson falls asleep on Delilah’s lap, who watches as a Philistine standing nearby cuts off his locks - the main source of strength. Another character involved in the story is an old woman who is absent from the plot of the Bible: the author refers to the fact that events take place in a brothel.
The artist shows human passion and impending bloody incidents with the help of the prevailing burgundy color in Delilah's robe. And the army of soldiers standing in the doorway with a different instrument for blinding, symbolizes that Samson in the near future is waiting for something terrible. In the background is a large statue of the Roman goddess, partly repeating the pose, the tilt of Delilah's head. It is important to note that the bare chest symbolizes passion, lust, which the author depicted so clearly.
The background of this canvas is rather gloomy, made in dark shades. Light falls only on the faces of the heroes, as if highlighting and emphasizing them. The color scheme conveys the mood, decor and character of the picture.
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