Made by Albrecht Altdorfer / Samson and Delilah (Judges 16:19) / 1506Made by Albrecht Altdorfer
Samson and Delilah (Judges 16:19)

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Creator Name: Altdorfer, Albrecht
Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: German, ca. 1480-1538
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Albrecht Altdorfer
Title: Samson and Delilah (Judges 16:19)
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Creation Start Date: 1506
Creation End Date: 1506
Creation Date: 1506
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: Pen and dark brown ink heightened with white, on brown prepared paper
Dimensions: 6 11/16 x 4 3/4 in. (17.0 x 12.0 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 06.1051.2
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1906

Within a landscape setting, Samson lies asleep with his head upon Delilah's lap while she, holding the scissors with which she will cut his hair and deprive him of his strength, gestures towards the soldiers in the background who wait to arrest him (Judges 13:16). This autonomous drawing on colored ground is one of four by Altdorfer dated 1506. The fine pen work is characteristic of his early drawings. This drawing is annotated with an unusual, Italianate form of Altdorfer's name, also seen on two other drawings of early date, 'Witches Sabbath' and 'Allegory with Pax and Minerva,' both of which show the influence of Mantegna's designs. This Italianism has been taken as evidence for a trip to Italy, though no such trip is documented.

AMICA ID: MMA_.06.1051.2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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