(b. 1626, Leiden, d. 1679, Leiden)
Samson and Delilah1667-70
Oil on canvas, 134 x 199 cm
This splendid, large-scale painting shows a typical Dutch combination of biblical or mythological history painting with the characteristics of narrative genre painting. It depicts a scene from Abraham Koninck's 1618 play, The Tragedy of Samson, a parable of false love.