Samson and Delilah, Max Liebermann
Max Liebermann
Samson and Delilah
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Max Liebermann

Samson and Delilah, 1902


Dimensions
151.2 x 212.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 171
Acquisition
Acquired in 1910
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

Delilah triumphant. In a victorious gesture she presents her trophy of Samson’s curls to her allies. The man whose hair she has cut off and thus deprived of his invincible powers has sunk into her lap. Liebermann has staged the Old Testament story as the modern struggle of the sexes: naked bodies strike dramatic poses in front of the stark background of white sheets and grey walls. Delilah represents the femme fatale disempowering her lover. Such strong female figures captured the imagination of the public at the turn of the century.

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  • 01:45
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  • 01:36
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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Samson and Delilah
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

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Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1910

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Illustrated Passage
  • Bibel, Altes Testament, Richter 16,19-21

Iconclass

Primary
  • 71F37 story of Samson and Delilah (Judges 16:4-21)
  • 71F3761 Samson's hairlocks are cut off by Delilah
Secondary

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11.02.2020