LEYDEN, Lucas van
(b. 1494, Leiden, d. 1533, Leiden)

Samson and Delilah

c. 1514
Woodcut, 413 x 289 mm
British Museum, London

This woodcut comes from The Large Power of Women series.

It can be seen in the woodcut that Lucas van Leyden's success as a designer of woodcuts was due to his ability to emulate Dürer. However, the shading lines and cross-hatching are uneven, and the subtleties of his silvery tones are all but lost in the coarser contours and dense shading in his woodcuts.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 10 minutes):
Camille Saint-Saens: Samson et Delila, Delila's aria