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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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The painting Samson Captured by the Philistines was done by Giorgione, an Italian painter. The original title of the painting is "Sansone catturato dai Filistei".

The location of the artwork is at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in, Venice, Italy. This is a religious painting based on the story of Samson, who was a Hebrew judge in the Old Testament of the Bible. He was a character known for his strength and his weakness for women. It was his relationship with a Philistine woman named Delilah that led to his capture by the Philistines.

This painting shows three men. The one in the middle appears to be Samson and the men on either side appear to be Philistines. This painting is very dark in its overall appearance, even though Samson's clothing has some bright hues in it. All men are looking to the right in different ways. Samson's head is tilted upwards and he is looking to the right. The man's head on the left side is tilted and he appears to be laughing at Samson. The man on the right is looking down as if in deep thought. Both men are behind Samson, who is the focal point of the painting.

Samson is holding what appears to be the jawbone of a donkey, even though it's not quite clear. This was probably done to show that this is the Bible character since he killed several hundred men with the jawbone. This painting has a few of the characteristics that are typical of a High Renaissance painting. There is a strong contrast between light and dark with much of the light on the figures. The figures are also painted in a very realistic fashion with Samson's face shining the brightest as if there is light from above on him.

What's most interesting about this painting is that it is not clear that this is a painting called "Samson Captured by the Philistines". The only way to tell what the painting is about is by the title. This was typical of Giorgione's paintings where they claim to tell a story, as is the case with "Samson Captured by the Philistines". However, there is no action in the picture to show this. All that is seen is the hues which help to explain the mood of the painting. It is not clear as to what the exact date of the painting is. Giorgione was born in the 1470s and died in 1510. In 1500, he met Leonardo da Vinci, who was a major influence in his life.