Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Samson and DelilahMade in Italy, Europe
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (called il Guercino), Italian, 1591 - 1666
Pen and brown ink (possibly iron gall), on cream laid paper, mounted down on Holkham Hall mount
Currently not on view
1994-83-1Purchased with the Alice Newton Osborn Fund, the Lola Downin Peck Fund, and the John D. McIlhenny Fund, 1994
LabelThe painting for which this work is a preliminary sketch depicts Samson, an Old Testament Israelite judge famous for his great strength, unwisely confiding to his mistress Delilah that his force resides in his hair, which would allow her to cut the potent locks while he slept and betray him to the Philistines. The canvas is recorded as paid for on 31 March 1646 in Guercino's account book.