after Rubens: the strange story of the Samson and Delilah
 
 

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Comparisons Tool / Samson's foot
 
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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
 

Samson's foot

Man and child's feet
Samson's foot from the Samson and Delilah Man and child's feet from the Massacre of the Innocents (about 1609), Private collection, on loan to National Gallery, London

On the right is an extreme close-up of another, much smaller, foot detail from another painting from the same year. Yet here again, we find a superior evocation of structure, surface, weight and form. There is also a bravura run of foreshortened toes, their curved line forming a satisfying base to complete the pictorial design of the figure.

To end this series of comparisons, consider the sheer expressive power that he could put into a run of toes (or even a single little toe!) and then compare this with the missed opportunity of the maimed foot on the 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