after Rubens: the strange story of the Samson and Delilah
 
 

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Head of old woman Detail of head of old woman Detail of carpet Carpet Samson's head Philistine barber's head Old woman's hand Statue of Venus and Cupid
Statue of Venus and Cupid Statue of Cupid Statue of Cupid Samson's foot Samson's foot
 

Statue of Cupid

Sepulchral relief
Statue of Cupid from the Samson and Delilah Sepulchral relief from the Deposition in the Sepulchre (1602), Galleria Borghese, Rome

Some have even excused the anomalous handling of this statue by stating that the picture is set at night. On the right, however, we see another relief sculpture in a night setting painted by Rubens way back in 1601, yet all the usual virtues of the masterís hand are present: refined, eloquent drawing with the brush; the sensitive replication of the soft, rounded contours of the human form; the subtle, sophisticated response to light and shade. Note particularly the hip, where, even in such a tiny passage as this, Rubens articulates the contour of complicated form in space in a manner totally absent from the detail at left

Head of old woman Detail of head of old woman Detail of carpet Carpet Samson's head Philistine barber's head Old woman's hand Statue of Venus and Cupid
Statue of Venus and Cupid Statue of Cupid Statue of Cupid Samson's foot Samson's foot